From the Truman Sports Complex
The Chiefs were short-handed enough on the field Wednesday that practice squad wide receiver Josh Bellamy became a defensive back to help the team get through its first practice in preparation for Sunday’s trip to Cleveland.
In the secondary alone, CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring), S Abram Elam (quadriceps), FS Kendrick Lewis (shoulder) and SS Eric Berry (hand) were either out of practice or limited in their participation.
That left just five defensive backs able to fully practice, so the Chiefs shifted Bellamy over to a defensive jersey and they added S Jose Gumbs to their practice squad.
Other players that did not take part or were limited in Wednesday’s practice were LB Derrick Johnson (hamstring), C Ryan Lilja (knee), DE Allen Bailey (ankle), LT Branden Albert (back), OLB Tamba Hali (knee) and LG Jeff Allen (illness). During the period of practice open to the media, Albert was working with the No. 1 offense line in a position drill, while Lilja was riding a stationary bike. Also on the bikes were Bailey, Johnson and Elam. Allen was not on the field.
Gumbs is a 5-10, 210-pound strong safety type out of Monmouth (NJ) and he went to training camp in August with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted college free agent. At Monmouth, he was a four-year starter and conference defensive player of the year as a junior. Gumbs finished with 306 total tackles, 4 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles.
In five pre-season games with the Saints, Gumbs was credited with 5 total tackles and one quarterback hit. He was injured in the August 30 game against Tennessee and was released-injured on September 6th. The nature of his injury was not disclosed.
Gumbs fills the roster spot created when FB Patrick DiMarco was added to the active roster on Saturday, filling the spot once held by LB Jovan Belcher. He was wearing No. 26.