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Chiefs put Fortson on IR as receiving injuries mount

The Kansas City Chiefs made several notable roster moves and faced some injury concerns during their training camp on Tuesday, placing tight end Jody Fortson on season-ending injured reserve. Fortson, who had hopes of developing into a pass-catching tight end alongside Travis Kelce, has been plagued by injuries. He missed most of the 2021 season with a torn Achilles tendon and also dealt with elbow and quad injuries.

The Chiefs experienced injuries to three wide receivers who were competing for roster spots during practice following their preseason opener. Nikko Remigio suffered a dislocated shoulder, Justyn Ross had knee and hamstring troubles, and Ihmir Smith-Marsette dealt with a groin injury. Remigio, an undrafted free agent from Fresno State, had been performing well in training camp.

Remigio, who had been impressing during camp, suffered a dislocated shoulder while making a spectacular catch during practice. The extent of his injury and recovery timeline were not immediately clear.

Ross, who has a remarkable comeback story after dealing with significant health issues, caught a touchdown pass in the preseason game against the Saints. Ross missed a season at Clemson due to a spinal condition and later underwent foot surgery.

Other players dealing with injuries included CB Nic Jones, who had a fractured hand and was seeing a specialist. FS Mike Edwards also missed practice due to ankle swelling. The Chiefs have been relatively healthy throughout training camp, with notable exceptions like WR Kadarius Toney and CB L’Jarius Sneed.

The Chiefs waived CB Anthony Witherstone and signed LB Olakunle Fatukasi and CB Duron Lowe to fill his and Fortson’s roster spots.

Coach Andy Reid provided no update on defensive tackle Chris Jones, who has been holding out over a new contract.

Despite the injury concerns and roster changes, the Chiefs are continuing their preparations for the upcoming season, aiming to field a competitive team.  Kansas City plays its second preseason game of the season on Saturday at Arizona.