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Chiefs release CB after update in battery case

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The Kansas City Chiefs began the week of prep ahead of the AFC Championship Game by firing a veteran.

The Chiefs did without defensive back and special teams ace Chris Lammons on Jan. 23.

Lammons, 26, entered the NFL without a draft and spent his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins before signing with the Chiefs in 2020. Since joining the Chiefs, Lammons has established himself as a core special teamer in Kansas City. According to Pro Football Reference, he led the team in the regular season with 322 in special teams snaps.

The waiver means Lammons is subject to waivers, meaning any other team can make a claim on his behalf. If he clears the waivers, he becomes a free agent and can sign with any team.

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

On February 17, 2022, Lammons reported for a “pass-through” booking at the Clark County Detention Center and was charged with “one felony count of assault resulting in substantial bodily harm and one gross misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit battery,” according to Court filings obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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.

With that in mind, it came as a surprise that Kansas City parted ways with Lammons.

Even if the Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire or tight end Jody Fortson wanted to activate from injured reserve and had to clear a roster spot, Lammons didn’t seem like top decisions. Still, Lammons now finds himself a free agent in the week leading up to the Conference Championships.

Expect a similar move in the near future from the AFC West champions as they prepare for a rematch against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Title Game on Sunday, January 29.

Twitter users reacted to the Chiefs’ waiver of Lammons.

“Just a guess, but if KC felt safe doing without Lammons and adding him back to the practice team (to activate Fortson or CEH), he could be added to the active roster in any of the next (possibly) two games and how used to be active. Imagine if they wanted Buechele active this week too,” Arrowhead Report’s Joshua Brisco wrote.

“Damn, I thought he was showing good potential,” wrote another Twitter user. “Jody has to come back, which is a huge plus. I expect a lot of running game, jet sweeps and TE action. Just hope our defenses can stop Chase.”

“Ouch… getting kicked off the team just days before the Conference Championship game… brutal,” wrote another user.

“He’s been a solid special teamer for us but I agree he’s leaving and that could mean a change too,” wrote another user.

“That’s odd? Chris Lammons is a top special team vet,” Chiefs Wire’s Wes Roesch wrote. “Could he switch to PS and call him on game day? Conversely, Marcus Kemp could be used in a role similar to Lammons.”

“That’s odd? Chris Lammons is a top special team vet,” Chiefs Wire’s Wes Roesch wrote. “Could he switch to PS and call him on game day? Conversely, Marcus Kemp could be used in a role similar to Lammons.”

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