After months of patiently waiting, tight end Demetrius Harris returned to the field on Sunday.
Harris, who missed all of organized team activities and training camp while recovering from his second foot surgery, passed his physical Sunday and practiced for the first time in months. He was also taken off the physically-unable-to-perform list and added to the active roster.
Harris played in eight games last season as the Chiefs’ third tight end before he fractured his foot during pregame warmups before the Chiefs’ 17-13 win over Buffalo in November. He underwent surgery in the spring to fix a lingering problem.
“The natural grafting that naturally takes place when you put a screw in there didn’t take place, so they went in, they grafted it and represented a screw in the bones there,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said at the time.
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In Harris’ absence, the Chiefs have relied on rookie fifth-round pick James O’Shaughnessy and fifth-year veterans Richard Gordon and Ryan Taylor as Travis Kelce’s backups.
The active roster now sits at 80 men after the Chiefs released 11 players on Sunday, but eleven more players missed Sunday’s practice because of injuries.
They are: running back Charcandrick West (concussion), receiver Albert Wilson (AC sprain in his shoulder), tackle Eric Fisher (high ankle sprain), Jeff Allen (MCL sprain), receiver Jason Avant (hip sprain), quarterback Tyler Bray (torn ACL), receiver Junior Hemingway (hip), linebacker Justin March (torn meniscus), inside linebacker Josh Mauga (heel), nose tackle Dontari Poe (back) and offensive tackle Tavon Rooks (shortness of breath).
Receiver De’Anthony Thomas (calf strain) would practiced in a light fashion.
Reid said there’s still no official diagnosis for Rooks’ injury. He left a training camp practice on Aug. 17 has not returned since.
“He’s actually going through tests right now,” Reid said. “He’s going through a variety of things, so we’ll see how it works out.”