Chiefs re-sign RB Knile Davis, promote DL David King

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs bolstered their suddenly depleted running back depth Saturday by re-signing former running back Knile Davis, whom the team traded to the Green Bay Packers less than three weeks ago.

Kansas City Chiefs Knile Davis runs down field during a preseason game against Seattle on Saturday, Aug. 13 in Kansas City, Mo. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Kansas City Chiefs Knile Davis runs down field during a preseason game against Seattle on Saturday, Aug. 13 in Kansas City, Mo. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

The team also added to its depth along the defensive line, promoting David King from the practice squad. The team cleared roster space by waiving offensive lineman Jordan Devey and placing starting left guard Parker Ehinger on injured reserve.

Davis returns to Kansas City following a whirlwind 18 days. The Chiefs traded Davis to Green Bay for a conditional draft pick. But the Packers waived Davis this week, reportedly nullifying the draft pick acquisition.

The New York Jets claimed Davis on waivers, but his tenure lasted just two days before the team placed him on waivers.

Davis becoming available proves fortuitous for the Chiefs, who placed Jamaal Charles on injured reserve this week and do not have Spencer Ware available Sunday. Ware suffered a concussion last week against the Colts and has yet to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol.

The team signed running back Bishop Sankey from the practice squad of the New England Patriots. But Davis brings experience with the the Chiefs offense that Sankey lacks. That could prove valuable as a backup to Sunday’s expected starter, Charcandrick West.

King’s promotion to the active roster also boosts the team’s depth at a valuable position. The team lists defensive lineman Jaye Howard questionable for Sunday’s game with a hip flexor injury.

The team’s other reserve lineman include second-year player Rakeem Nunez-Roches and free agent acquisition Kendall Reyes. Reyes  joined the team Oct. 18.

King, a seventh-round draft pick by Philadelphia in 2013, came to Kansas City via waivers from Seattle last November. He joined the practice squad after he cleared waivers following the final round of preseason cuts.

Ehinger suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during last week’s game against the Colts. The fourth-round draft pick’s rookie season comes to an end, but the team anticipates Ehinger to return next season.

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Matt Derrick is the lead beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and the Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @MattDerrick.


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