Day after Chiefs win, Andy Reid sees team heading in right direction
The Chiefs’ offensive line took another hit Tuesday.
Center Jordan Devey was moved to the injured reserve list in a surprise announcement by the team.
Devey sustained a pectoral muscle injury, according to the team. He started Sunday’s win against the Cincinnati Bengals in place of regular starting center Mitch Morse (concussion). Devey wasn’t mentioned in coach Andy Reid’s injury report after the game.
Devey is the third KC offensive lineman to suffer a serious injury in as many weeks. Right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was placed on injured reserve after fracturing his fibula and sustaining injuries to his ankle ligaments against Jacksonville.
Devey initially started for Duvernay-Tardif against New England but moved to center when regular starter Morse sustained a concussion.
With Devey at center against the Bengals, Andrew Wylie made his first career start at right guard.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The tackles Fisher and Schwartz and left guard Cam Erving have been the mainstays this season, but C and RG have seen a lot of movement in recent weeks.</p>— Lynn Worthy (@LWorthySports) <a href="https://twitter.com/LWorthySports/status/1054781625907601408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
To add depth to the line, the Chiefs signed guard Jeff Allen last week. Allen, who also spent 2012-15 with KC, played two snaps on Sunday. In the wake of Devey’s injury, the Chiefs have promoted center Jimmy Murray from their practice squad. Murray is a rookie from Holy Cross who spent training camp with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. He missed time during camp with a knee injury suffered during the preseason opener against the Texans.
Devey isn’t the only Chiefs player who is headed to the injured reserve list. Linebacker Terrance Smith, who hurt his knee against the Bengals, was also added to the list. He was initially diagnosed with a knee sprain, but the injury appears to be worse than originally thought.
In Smith’s absence, linebacker Dorian O’Daniel got more playing time and was a major key to slowing down running back Joe Mixon.
With the roster spot opened by Smith’s move, the Chiefs promoted tight end Deon Yelder from the practice squad.
The Chiefs have added T Pace Murphy and LB Raymond Davison to the practice squad. Davison was with the Chiefs through training camp while Murphy, a 2016 undrafted free agent from Northwestern State, previously spent time with the Rams and the 49ers. Murphy reportedly had a try out with the Chiefs in September.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">TRYOUTS. KC: T Pace Murphy. NE: TE Stephen Anderson, WR Jace Billingsley, T Eric Smith. TB: LB Corey Nelson.</p>— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) <a href="https://twitter.com/HBalzer721/status/1036749456899796993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>