O’Callaghan Cleared From Roster

The Chiefs got down to the NFL roster limit of 80 players on Tuesday morning. With two moves to make, they:

  • Placed OT Ryan O’Callaghan on the injured-reserve list, ending his season with the team.
  • Released K Todd Carter.

As is the Chiefs custom, there’s no information on what malady O’Callaghan suffers from that was serious enough to wipe out his participation for the 2011 season. The veteran tackle has not practiced in several weeks, although he’s been in the rehab area and moving about with little apparent problems.

The move does leave the Chiefs with a situation at tackle where they do not have a lot of experienced NFL depth. Behind starters Branden Albert and Barry Richardson now is Jared Gaither, who has only been able to play in one game and work a few practices as he tries to come back from missing the 2010 NFL season. There is no other player on the roster with NFL game experience at the tackle position.

Head coach Todd Haley said he was comfortable with that trio.

“I’ve been comfortable with Barry and Branden, and I’m getting more comfortable with Jared as he’s come along physically,” Haley said. “He’s getting up to speed now. He made big progress this week. We are liking some things we are seeing out of him.”

O’Callaghan was claimed off waivers from the Patriots in September 2009 and eventually became the team’s starting right tackle during that ’09 regular season. He lost that starting job to Richardson last season, and saw minimal playing time. His skill set was that of a right tackle, rather than the more athletic left tackle.

Carter was claimed on waivers from the Rams back on August 10. The Chiefs brought him in for a “lookie Lou” as Carter had been impressive in workouts for special teams coach Steve Hoffman with his ability to hang kickoffs and for the strength of his leg. The Chiefs were never going to take a kickoff man into the regular season; that’s a luxury that Haley knows he can’t afford.

With 80 players on the roster, the Chiefs must reach the regular-season limit of 53 players by 3 p.m. on Saturday.

4 Responses to “O’Callaghan Cleared From Roster”

  • August 30, 2011  - David says:

    By 3:01 p.m. Saturday, Scott Pioli will be plucking one or more OTs off the waiver wire.

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