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Bengals poach recently-cut Chiefs player ahead of AFC title rematch

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On Jan. 23, the Kansas City Chiefs waived cornerback and special teams ace Chris Lammons. It was a surprise move by the Chiefs as Lammons’ impact on gameday is significant, making him worthy of keeping throughout their playoff run.

On Jan. 24, PFF’s Ari Meirov announced that Lammons had been claimed for waivers by none other than Kansas City’s next opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rumors had been doing the rounds that the Chiefs’ plan was to cut Lammons, wait for him to make waivers, and then reinstate him on the practice squad to free up a spot on the active roster while also becoming a core special teamer keep. This was also done assuming either running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and/or tight end Jody Fortson are ready to be activated from injured reserve after their practice windows open before the Divisional Round.

Instead, Cincinnati called for Lammons. And while he’s not allowed to play for the Bengals during the postseason, the team can probe his brain and get information about the Chiefs if they so choose.

Lammons, 26, entered the NFL without a draft in 2019 and spent his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins before signing with the Chiefs as a sophomore. According to Pro Football Reference, he led Kansas City with 322 in special teams during the regular season.

The same day Lammons was released by the Chiefs, it was also announced that a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Lammons, along with New Orleans Saints, Alvin Kamara and two others in their battery case from Pro Bowl weekend in Las Vegas pushed back in 2022.

According to court documents obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, on February 17, 2022, Lammons presented himself to the Clark County Detention Center for a “pass-through booking” and was charged with “a felony count of battery, substantial bodily harm, and a felony misdemeanor.” counts as a conspiracy to commit a battery.

The preliminary hearing is set for March 1 after no hearings were held on Monday, January 23, court filings obtained by KSNV-TV on January 23 show.

Twitter users reacted to the Bengals calling for waivers for Lammons.

“Andy Reid’s cooking is too unpredictable for anyone to share the recipe with,” wrote Arrowhead Addict’s Adam Best.

“Listen to me what if he’s a double agent,” wrote one Twitter user. “Chiefs released him because they knew the Bengalis would come for him and he is there to feed them false information.”

“They gave him bad information and put him on waivers knowing the Bengals are going to pick him up to try and get good information. Don’t do it Cincy,” wrote another user.

After the Bengals win, Chiefs fans will blame it #Bengal of fraud by Chris Lammons. Call it now,” wrote another user.

“Chiefs win I’ll buy a Lammons Bengals Jersey just to troll the Bengals fan for this level of desperation,” wrote another user.

“This is straight out of Bill Belichick’s How to Win a Super Bowl handbook,” wrote another user.

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