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Daniel Sorensen’s release among a slew of Chiefs roster moves

Daniel Sorensen (center) used his time at preseason camp to get a firm grip on the job as the Chiefs’ top backup at safety.
Daniel Sorensen (center) used his time at preseason camp to get a firm grip on the job as the Chiefs’ top backup at safety. The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs made a slew of roster moves Tuesday — 15 in all — in an attempt to turn over the bottom of their roster following a disappointing 26-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

In addition to making the Kevin Vickerson signing official, the Chiefs added receiver Dwayne Bowe and linebacker Jerry Franklin to the 53-man roster.

To make room, they placed linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito on injured reserve and waived safety Daniel Sorensen.

The Chiefs also signed defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, a former second-round pick of the Packers in 2012, and four other players to the practice squad. The others are receiver Armon Binns, offensive tackle Curtis Feigt, tight end Adam Schiltz and cornerback Robert Steeples.

To open space on the practice squad, the Chiefs waived fullback Jordan Campbell, defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo, center Ben Gottschalk and receiver Darryl Surgent.

Of all the moves, Bowe’s return is the most significant. He was eligible to return to the 53-man roster after he served his one-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Still, the Chiefs’ decision to elevate Franklin — an undrafted free agent from Arkansas who is with his fifth team in three seasons — from the practice squad is significant because they essentially promoted him over Nico Johnson, a fourth-round pick in 2013 who has struggled to find a role thus far.

Likewise, the release of Sorensen, an undrafted rookie free agent from Brigham Young, could be characterized as a bit of a surprise, considering he started all four preseason games at strong safety while starter Eric Berry was hurt.

Sorensen logged 18 defensive snaps against the Titans on Sunday and 24 special-teams snaps, both of which are fairly substantial.

Of all the new practice-squad additions, Worthy’s is the most noteworthy. He lasted two seasons with the Packers, logging 15 tackles in 16 games, before he was traded to the Patriots in August. The Patriots released him shortly before the season.

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, of course, was a front-office executive with the Packers when they selected Worthy in 2012.

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