The Kansas City Chiefs have officially activated defensive tackle Chris Jones from the team’s physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the franchise formally announced on Sunday afternoon. Jones was previously forced to the sideline after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery back on July 12.
As a result of being reinstated, Jones also returned to practice for the Chiefs on Sunday.
Originally selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State, the 23-year-old defensive lineman appeared in all 16 regular-season games as a rookie last season. Registering 28 total tackles alongside two sacks, Jones also produced four pass defenses for the playoff-bound AFC West franchise.
In addition, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and another defensive tackle in Bennie Logan also returned to practice on Sunday after recently missing Friday evening’s preseason matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Both Kelce and Logan have been unable to shake lingering knee injuries. However, on the other hand, safety Eric Berry and place kicker Cairo Santos did not return to practice on Sunday after missing the Chiefs’ preseason-opener against the aforementioned 49ers.
Lastly, linebackers Tamba Hali and Dadi Nicolas still remain on the Chiefs’ physically unable to perform list. The tandem of defenders continues to nurse respective knee injuries. Offensive lineman Parker Ehinger also finds himself on the PUP list due to yet another knee injury. As a result, the trio has not returned to practice like Jones.
The Chiefs ultimately came up short against the 49ers by the score of 27-17.