The Kansas City Chiefs have placed wide receiver Marcus Kemp on injured reserve and signed free agent receiver Jalen Tolliver, the team announced Tuesday.
The Chiefs also have re-signed offensive lineman Jeff Allen and waived rookie lineman Abdul Beecham.
The move didn’t come long before Kansas City announced the re-signing of free agent receiver De’Anthony Thomas and waived Davon Grayson.
Kemp tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during Saturday’s preseason game at Pittsburgh and will miss the 2019 season.
Tolliver, 23, entered the league in 2018 out of Division II Arkansas-Monticello and was on Tennessee’s practice squad last season.
Tolliver entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals. He played three games with one start, catching three passes for 37 yards. The Titans waived him earlier this month after spending the offseason with the team.
At Arkansas-Monticello, Tolliver recorded a pair of 1,000-yard seasons with 39 touchdowns.
In the Chiefs only scoring drive Saturday, Kemp brought in his lone catch of the night for a 27-yard reception. A low tackle went to Kemp’s knee, and he didn’t return to the game.
“He’s been playing so well,” head coach Andy Reid said after the game. “It’s too bad, I feel bad for him. He’s a great kid, tough kid, all that. They’ve taken these hits away from the upper body so the defensive backs are going into legs, and you’re going to come up with things like this, by rule.”
Kemp is in his third year with Kansas City and was looking to have a bigger role in the offense than he has had in the past couple of seasons. While he only played in one game his rookie year, he played in all 16 last year, logging the third most special teams snaps.
“Marcus Kemp has always been great about going out there and making plays, he contested catches you’ve always seen but now that he understands the offense more and more, he can really get himself open and do things he hasn’t been able to do in the past,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II said.
Allen is returning to the Chiefs on a one-year deal. Allen was drafted by the Chiefs in 2012 and came back to the team in mid-2018, starting four games last season.
Allen came to the Chiefs as a second-round pick before joining the Texans in free agency in 2016. Houston released him two years into a four-year, $28 million deal due to injuries, and Allen returned to the Chiefs on a veteran minimum last season.
Allen has showed versatility from being able to play from the interior to right tackle and will provide security to one of the league’s best fronts.
Beecham was signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State this offseason.
Thomas took the practice field during the middle of Tuesday’s session in Kansas City as the moved was announced.
Thomas, 26, was a fourth-round pick in 2014 by the Chiefs and was with the team on a one-year deal in 2018.
His season was cut short in October when we fractured his leg and was placed on injured reserve.
Thomas caught just three passes in five games and totaled 106 return yards.