O’Connell To IR; NFL Transactions – 11/17

The Chiefs moved TE Jake O’Connell off the active roster Saturday evening and to the injured-reserve list. O’Connell suffered a high ankle sprain in the Monday night game in Pittsburgh.

The decision to move him to IR may have less to do with his injury and more of a concern on the status of the team’s guards, since O’Connell spot on the 53-man roster was taken by practice squad G Rich Ranglin.

Jon Asamoah (thumb), Ryan Lilja (knee) and Jeff Allen (hand). Asamoah is definitely out and it appears Allen will play LG and Russ Hochstein will handle center. The question is whether Lilja will be physically able to play right guard.

Other transactions:

Dallas – signed C Kevin Kowalski; placed S Matt Johnson (hamstring) on the injured-reserve list.

Detroit – placed S Amari Spievey (concussions) on the injured-reserve list; activated CB Drayton Florence from the injured-reserve/designated return list.

Chiefs – placed TE Jake O’Connell (ankle) on the injured-reserve list; promoted G Rich Ranglin from the practice squad.

New England – released WR Deion Branch and CB Malcolm Williams; promoted WR Greg Salas from the practice squad; activated CB Aqib Talib from the suspended/commissioner exemption list.

Tampa Bay – signed DT Matthew Masifilo off the San Francisco practice squad.

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