Kansas City Chiefs sign defensive lineman Terrell McClain
By Matt Conner
The Kansas City Chiefs have bolstered their defensive line in the face of injuries with the signing of veteran Terrell McClain.
In the wake of multiple serious injuries along the defensive line, the Kansas City Chiefs have made a move heading into Week 6 to sign veteran defensive tackle Terrell McClain, per NFL reporter Tom Pelissero. The Chiefs are in need of bodies along the line, especially the interior, after suffering a couple major injuries on Sunday.
While hosting the Indianapolis Colts in primetime on Sunday Night Football, the Chiefs saw a few defenders forced out of the game with injuries. In particular, the Chiefs lost defensive lineman Chris Jones to a groin injury that reportedly has him “week to week.” Xavier Williams, one of the team’s defensive tackles, was also ruled out for the game.
After the game, the news on Jones and Williams got worse. Pelissero also had the word on Williams’ timeline, which could mean the rest of the season:
Given the loss of both players for a pretty tough October run (including games against the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings in the next four weeks), the Chiefs’ decision to sign some veteran help is understandable.
McClain is a stout 9-year veteran who has played with several teams, including the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and, most recently, Atlanta Falcons. He’s played in 87 career games, starting 34 of them, and should settle in as a rotational lineman. The Chiefs also have third round pick Khalen Saunders to move up alongside Derrick Nnadi. Joey Ivie is also available on the team’s practice squad, while some ends could also potentially slide inside in the right situation.