The first player to take the field before a Chiefs game is Marcus Kemp. He works with coaches on punt coverage, tracking balls in the corner.
That will no longer be the case in 2019. Kemp will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in the same knee during Saturday’s preseason game at Pittsburgh, The Star has learned. An MRI confirmed the injury.
With a roster spot available, the Chiefs signed offensive lineman Jeff Allen to a one-year deal on Monday.
In the second quarter, Kemp hauled in a 17-yard reception from Chad Henne and almost immediately was met by Steelers safety Sean Davis, who hit Kemp low.
The loss is significant. Kemp was having an excellent preseason and figured to be a strong contender to make the roster as a wide receiver.
An undrafted free agent from Hawaii in 2017, Kemp appeared in one regular season game and the Chiefs’ playoff loss to the Titans that season. He played in all 16 regular season and two playoff games and made his first NFL reception last season.
Kemp appeared to be battling such players as Byron Pringle and Cody Thompson for a roster spot and likely would have held an edge because of his special teams value.
Pringle looks like a good bet to make the roster. Thompson, a rookie free agent who played at Toledo, could find his way onto the roster with the latest development. He’s had a solid preseason and led the Chiefs with seven receptions against the Steelers.
Allen was the Chiefs’ second round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft and was in Kansas City through 2015. He signed a four-year deal with the Texans, who released Allen in July, 2018 with an injury settlement. He signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs last October as injuries started to pile up.
Allen started four games for the Chiefs last season and has made 66 starts in 80 NFL career games.
West signed by Colts
Former Chiefs running back Charcandrick West landed a new job Monday, signing a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Terms were not disclosed.
West takes the roster spot of running back D’onta Foreman, who was placed on the injured reserve list after tearing his biceps.
West, 28, was with the Chiefs for five years as recently as late last season, when they brought him back in midseason after releasing Kareem Hunt. West had been a roster cut before the 2018 season.
Former Chiefs assistant general manager Chris Ballard, now the Colts’ GM, was an assistant to former GM Scott Pioli when the Chiefs drafted West out of Abilene Christian in 2014. West finished his Chiefs career with 998 yards and five touchdowns on 268 carries and 589 receiving yards on 77 catches with another six touchdowns.
The Colts’ stable of running backs behind starter Marlon Mack includes another former Chiefs back, Spencer Ware ... but he’s out for the first six weeks of the season, designated reserve/physically unable to perform, because of a foot injury.
Caldwell catches on with Bears
Caldwell attended Lee’s Summit North, Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri State. He gained 59 yards and scored on a 4-yard touchdown in the preseason game against the Bengals.