The Chiefs activated RB Kolby Smith from the physically unable to perform list Saturday and released veteran WR Bobby Engram.
The activation of Smith, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 9 last season, gives the Chiefs an experienced option in the backfield while Larry Johnson serves a suspension. Smith, a third-year pro, has played in 23 career games, including nine starts, and has more career carries than Jamaal Charles, who’s expected to start in Johnson’s place Sunday against the Jaguars.
Behind Charles, who has 90 carries for 473 yards in his two-year NFL career, no other back on the Chiefs’ roster has more than eight carries this season. Smith has 147 carries for 507 yards and three touchdowns in his career.
Engram, a 14-year veteran who signed with the Chiefs in March, has been a non-factor in recent weeks. He didn’t play in two of the last three games, and he hasn’t had a reception since Week 4 against the Giants. Engram has seen a diminished role since the September signing of veteran WR Bobby Wade, who has started the last two games.
Earlier this week, the Chiefs also were awarded veteran WR Chris Chambers, who was cut by the Chargers.