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Chiefs are so injured they have a wide receiver practicing as a safety

Ryan Hannable
October 12, 2018 - 11:32 am

FOXBORO -- The Patriots may be catching the Chiefs at a good time this week because of the number of injuries they have on the defensive side of the ball.

Safety Eric Berry hasn't played in a game this season due to a heel injury and then his backup Eric Murray hasn't practiced this week due to an injury suffered last week against the Jaguars. They are so thin at the position that they have a wide receiver taking practice reps at safety.

Marcus Kemp has seen reps at the position this week in case of an emergency Sunday night. The 23-year-old has played in all five games this season as a reserve and has two tackles on special teams.

“Wide receivers are athletic just like DBs, and they have great ball skills, so the transition isn’t usually that hard,” safety Jordan Lucas told The Athletic. “He’s a smart guy. When he gets in there in practice, he hasn’t missed a beat. He’s been getting some extra work in as far as film. He’s a football player.”

Despite playing the position in high school, this would not be ideal going up against Tom Brady and the Patriots offense.

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