Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman activated from team’s injured reserve list

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Posted at 2:49 PM, Jan 04, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-04 17:37:23-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman was activated from the team’s injured reserve list Wednesday.

Before the announcement was made, Head Coach Andy Reid shared the wide receiver was limited but "Did some good work today".

The move was made in part by a deadline the team faced to decide whether to bring Hardman back or shut him down for the remainder of the season.

Hardman last saw action on Nov. 6 in the team’s overtime win over the Tennessee Titans. He was put on the injured reserve list on Nov. 17.

Hardman, a former 2019 second-round pick, has racked up 25 receptions for 297 yards and four touchdowns this season. He also had scored two more touchdowns rushing.

To make room on the roster, the team waived offensive tackle Geron Christian.

Hardman was first eligible to return from IR on Dec. 18.

In addition to Hardman, the team shared kicker Harrison Butker did not practice Wednesday due to back spasms.

"Butker hurt his back," Reid said. "His back spasmed up today, so he didn't practice."

In light of the new injury Butker is nursing, Reid said the team isn't opposed to bringing in another kicker.

Butker dealt with an ankle sprain during the season opener, which caused him to miss four weeks before returning.

Since then, Butker has missed six field goals and six extra points.

Reid also talked about cornerback L'Jarius Sneed and wide receiver Skyy Moore, who are both nursings different injuries.

"(They) Came out and did some things," Reid said.

Offensive lineman Joe Thuney was also limited in practice on Wednesday.

The Chiefs released their official injury report via twitter this afternoon.