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Chiefs place March-Lillard, Bailey on IR; sign 4 to active roster

25 Sep 2016: Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey (97) before a matchup between the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)
Photographer: Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire

The Kansas City Chiefs were a busy team on Tuesday. Earlier today we reported that running back Knile Davis was traded to the Green Bay Packers for a late-round pick. Now the team has announced seven other roster moves.

In total, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, defensive end Kendall Reyes, defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches and linebacker Ramik Wilson were signed to the active roster. Defensive end Allen Bailey and linebacker Justin March-Lillard were placed on injured reserve. Defensive lineman Nick Williams was also waived in the process.

Ultimately all of the moves were relatively minor aside from the trade of Davis, three out of the four signings were just promotions from their practice squad. Reyes was the only person from outside the organization that was brought in.

That being said, the placement of both Bailey and March-Lillard on injured reserve will certainly impact the team.

Bailey, who injured his shoulder on Sunday after appear in 12 plays, was widely expected to land on IR. Immediately after the injury happened there was a great deal of concern that he would miss the entire seasons, so Tuesday’s move confirms that.

On the other hand March-Lillard’s placement was a bit of a surprise. He was not mentioned as someone who was injured immediately after the game or during Monday’s news conference. So the sudden season-ending injury is certainly unexpected.

For the Chiefs, the losses will be extremely tough to overcome. Both players were starters on the defense, so they will be tasked with replacing key components of their defense this week.

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