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Chiefs Trim Roster To 80 Players

Posted Aug 30, 2011

T Ryan O'Callaghan sent to injured reserve; K Todd Carter waived

The Chiefs training camp roster has been reduced to 80 players.

After waiving seven players Monday morning, Kansas City made two additional roster moves following Tuesday’s practice. The team is now within NFL roster guidelines that take effect at 3:00 PM (CST) August 30th.

Released was K Todd Carter and sent to injured reserve was T Ryan O’Callaghan. O’Callaghan’s 2011 season is over.

Another round of roster cuts loom Saturday, when the Chiefs will be required to announce the first edition of the team’s 53-man roster.

Here’s a run-down of how the Chiefs got down to 80 players over the past 24 hours…

Sent To Injured Reserve (1)

T Ryan O’Callaghan (6-7, 330)

A six-year veteran, O’Callaghan was injured midway through training camp and sent to injured reserve. His only preseason appearance came in the exhibition opener against Tampa Bay.

O’Callaghan started 12 games at right tackle for the Chiefs in 2009 after he was claimed off waivers from New England. He entered last year’s training camp as the projected starter at right tackle, but suffered a preseason groin injury that opened the door for Barry Richardson to become a 16-game starter.

Overall, O’Callaghan has played in 51 regular season games (20 starts) with New England (2006-08) and Kansas City (2009-10). He was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Waived (8)

K Todd Carter (6-1, 190)

A kickoff specialist, Carter teed-up twice during the preseason – once against Baltimore and once vs. St. Louis. Ryan Succop handled all field goal attempts.

The Chiefs claimed Carter off waivers from St. Louis August 10th. He has one game of NFL experience, serving as a kickoff specialist last season in Carolina.

LB Eric Bakhtiari (6-3, 250)

Bakhtiari (pictured) was one of the few bright spots in Kansas City’s preseason opener with six tackles and a sack. Unfortunately, the 26-year old outside linebacker was unable to stay on the field. He hadn’t practice since August 13th and was competing in a very crowded position group.

Entering the league undrafted in 2008, Bakhtiari joined the Chiefs practice squad late last season and had signed a reserve/future deal in January.

FB Tervaris Johnson (6-2, 248)

Injured in training camp last season, Johnson spent all of 2010 on injured reserve. He began training camp on the Physically-Unable-To-Perform this, but was lifted from PUP in early August. Johnson originally joined the Chiefs as a rookie free agent out of Miami (FL) in 2010.

DB Javes Lewis (6-1, 190)

The rookie free agent out of Oregon was a late addition, joining the Chiefs training camp roster on August 3rd. He was listed fifth on the depth chart at free safety behind Kendrick Lewis, Jon McGraw, Sabby Piscitelli and Ricky Price.

WR Chris Manno (5-10, 185)

A rookie out of Hofstra, Manno played in Arena 2 last season. He did not receive any targets in the passing game this preseason.

WR Josue Paul (6-1, 190)

A rookie free agent from GM Scott Pioli’s alma mater, Central Connecticut State, Paul was one of 13 wide receivers in training camp. He did not record any preseason statistics. Paul also practiced as a return man, but did not log any preseason returns.

DB Mario Russell (6-2, 205)

Russel arrived the same day as Lewis, joining the Chiefs as a rookie free agent from Carson-Newman August 3rd. He was competing for a roster spot at cornerback.

WR Chandler Williams (5-11, 176)

Injured during OTAs in the spring of 2010, Williams spent all of last season on injured reserve. He originally arrived with the Chiefs in 2009 as a member of the practice squad.

Williams finished the preseason with one catch for eight yards. He also returned two punts for minus-one yard.

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