Kansas City Chiefs waive Nate Orchard, activate Daniel Sorensen

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Cornerback Adoree' Jackson
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Cornerback Adoree' Jackson /

The Kansas City Chiefs have activated Daniel Sorensen from injured reserve and sent linebacker Nate Orchard packing in a related roster move.

The Kansas City Chiefs have finally activated Daniel Sorensen from injured reserve, bringing some much-needed help to the safety position heading into the stretch run of the regular season.

In a related roster move and in order to make room for Sorensen, the Chiefs released outside linebacker Nate Orchard. Orchard was signed by Brett Veach when the Chiefs had lost both Tanoh Kpassagnon and Justin Houston to injury weeks ago.

Sorensen broke his fibula in the preseason and went on injured reserve with a likelihood of returning this season for the Chiefs. The team announced he would initially be out at least eight weeks following surgery and Sorensen has now missed the first nine games of the season. Even now it’s not a certainty that he’s ready to play in a game, but the Chiefs had to do something with his roster spot in order to activate him to use at some point this season.

Sorensen and Eric Berry were the presumed starters at safety throughout the preseason but neither one has played due to injuries. In fact, there’s not an official timeline for either one at this point, although fans will be thrilled to see either one take the field in the coming weeks. If both players can somehow work their way into game shape for the stretch run, it would be a big boost to the Chiefs line-up.

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Sorensen had 88 tackles for the Chiefs last year in 14 games started.