Kevin Vickerson signed by Kansas City Chiefs


After losing two key defenders to injury in Week 1, the Kansas City Chiefs are bringing in a reinforcement.

The team signed former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson, the team announced Monday. Pro Football Talk reports it's a one-year contract.

Vickerson started 25 games over the previous two seasons in Denver, but the 31-year-old was cut loose when Marvin Austin turned heads in Broncos camp.

The run-stuffing lineman will help mitigate the loss of defensive end Mike DeVito, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon tear Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 328-pound Vickerson should slide next to Dontari Poe in the Chiefs' 3-4 defense.

The Chiefs also lost starting linebacker Derrick Johnson for the season to a torn Achilles. Johnson's playmaking will be a tougher chore for Kansas City to even partially replicate.

The team announced that both DeVito and Johnson have been placed on injured reserve.

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