DATs DAVIS: Chiefs Practice Squad Takes A Hit With Rookie Jerrion Ealy Suspended For PED Violation

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Aug 20, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerrion Ealy (29) returns a kick against the Washington Commanders during the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest questions coming into the 2022 NFL season was how were the Kansas City Chiefs going to look on offense without star wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Hill was traded to the Miami Dolphins after contract talks fell through, now he pairs with the Alabama product Jaylen Waddle to form one of the fastest wide receiver duos in the national football league. After four weeks of football, the Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes appear to be picking up right where they left off despite an overall new receiving core.

The Chiefs are coming off a dominant 41-31 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, bouncing back from a shocking upset loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The loss came as a result of a game-changing personal foul against Chiefs star defensive tackle Chris Jones. The Bucs not only possess one of the best blitzing defenses in the league, but also saw their entire cast of receivers return on offense with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage, and Julio Jones.

Mahomes spread the ball around to multiple different receivers as the Chiefs demonstrated arguably their best offensive performance this season with a balanced attack. Now the Chiefs will be losing one of their versatile depth players on from their practice squad, courtesy of the National Football League.

The NFL has issued a six-game suspension to wide receiver/running back Jerrion Ealy for PED violation. Ealy is eligible to return in week 11, after their week 10 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The rookie is a former Ole Miss product that signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent (UDFA).

Ealy played in all three preseason games for the Chiefs, but was unable to make the final 53-man roster. Head Coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs coaching staff reportedly had high praise for the rookie coming into camp. As a result, he earned himself a spot on the team’s practice squad. Ealy’s practice squad spot has been replaced by a familiar face in wide receiver Marcus Kemp. Kemp has been on and off with the Chiefs multiple times, playing 43 games with the team since 2017. Kemp has primarily been a special teams player.

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