One of the Chiefs’ injured safeties is returning to the field.
The Chiefs officially activated Daniel Sorensen from the Injured Reserve list on Tuesday morning. To make room for Sorensen, the Chiefs waived linebacker Nate Orchard.
The Chiefs can activate only one more player from IR the rest of the season.
Sorensen has been out all season as he recovered from a freak accident during training camp resulted in a left tibia plateau fracture.
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He returned to practice two weeks ago on a limited basis.
Sorensen has four career interceptions, including one that went for a touchdown. A year ago, he recorded 88 tackles and six tackles for loss.
His return bolsters a safety group that’s been hit hard by injuries. Like Sorensen, safety Eric Berry has been out since the preseason. While he isn’t on injured reserve, Berry hasn’t practiced since August 11 as he deals with a sore heel. According to The Star’s Sam Mellinger, a source close to the team said Berry could be back this month.
Rookie safety Armani Watts is on injured reserve after sustaining a core muscle injury, which he had surgery for last month.
Against the Browns, safety Eric Murray was the only player to play every defensive snap, while fan-favorite Jordan Lucas played 12 of 75 defensive snaps and safety Ron Parker played 74 of 75 snaps.
Sorensen’s return doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll slide into a starting role, but he’ll certainly give the position depth that it’s lacked in the last couple of weeks.