Chiefs Lose DE Alex Okafor, Claim LB Terrell Suggs

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor (97) and Baltimore Ravens offensive guard Bradley Bozeman (77) facing on the line of scrimmage. Photo by Kendall Shaw/CSM/Shutterstock

Just as Kansas City Chiefs got healthy on the offense, they faced problems on the other side of the ball. Chiefs were forced to place defensive end Alex Okafor on injured reserve due to a torn pectoral muscle, which ultimately ended his season.

Okafor got injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos, in which he made a sack before exiting. The 28-year-old underwent an MRI on Monday, which confirmed the torn pec diagnosis. He had a solid season so far, having 22 tackles and career-high 5.0 sacks in 10 games.

In a corresponding move, Kansas City claimed outside linebacker Terrell Suggs off waivers. Suggs was placed on waivers by Arizona Cardinals several days prior.

It remains to be seen whether Suggs ends up playing for the Chiefs. According to reports, the 37-year-old wanted to return to Baltimore Ravens and was considering not reporting if another team claims him.

Despite his surprising release, Suggs was actually very productive in Arizona. He played 13 games in which he recorded 37 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles.