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Chiefs place four players on PUP list

The Chiefs are the latest team to start training camp with a few notable absentees. The team has placed four players on the active/PUP roster, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network (Twitter link).

The only defender on the list is the cornerback Rashad Fenton. In May, it was reported that the 25-year-old was not a healthy fit at the start of camp. He’s nursing a shoulder injury that required off-season surgery and kept him out of spring training. He’s likely to be ranked No. 3 on Kansas City’s depth chart at the position, which has seen a lot of turnover this offseason. His steady growth in playing time and efficiency could make him not just an important piece in the team’s secondary upon his return, but a priority for the Chiefs from a financial standpoint.

On the offensive line, right tackle Lucas Niang is another unsurprising inclusion. He suffered a season-ending patellar tendon tear in January, marking the latest example of availability issues associated with the former third-rounder. A 2020 opt-out, Niang has only played 12 total games two years into his NFL career, including nine starts. He was replaced when he was out of the lineup last season by a veteran Andrew Wylie, who was brought back on a one-year contract in free agency. The two will compete for the starting role when Niang returns. Rescue Linemen Prince Tega Wanogho is also among the players placed on the list.

Finally, the Chiefs will have to wait for the debut of perhaps the most notable UDFA training camp of the 2022 draft class. Justin Ross recently had foot surgery as noted by Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. The former Clemson star was widely considered a surefire first-rounder before multiple neck injuries derailed his junior campaign and led to many teams removing him from their draft boards altogether. Health will always be a concern for Ross, but there will be a role available to him in Kansas City’s revamped WR room.

Of course, any of those players can be activated at any time — something the Chiefs anticipate with potential starters in particular.