Tonight, the Kansas City Chiefs play a pivotal AFC West battle against the Los Angeles Chargers to kick off Week 2. They will have a new man handling kickoffs and field goals.
The Chiefs announced just moments ago that they have signed kicker Matt Ammendola from the practice squad and added him to the active roster.
Ammendola will try and give Kansas City an advantage over a much-improved Los Angeles Chargers team, led by fast-rising quarterback Justin Herbert.
“We have activated the following Practice Squad players via Standard Elevation: K Matt Ammendola CB Dicaprio Bootle,” the Chiefs announced.
Ammendola is getting the start for the Kansas City Chiefs tonight because the team’s usual starting kicker is out with an injury. Harrison Butker suffered an injury during the Chiefs’ season opener vs. the Arizona Cardinals.
Andy Reid attributes Butker’s injury to the Cardinals’ turf conditions.
“They resodded it, which is a good thing because they practice in there,” Reid said, per ESPN.com. “But it was a little bit loose. That’s what happens sometimes when you resod, is it’s loose.
“It was part of the Butker injury and McDuffie injury … The turf picked up and I would tell you that that did have something to do with it. If it didn’t, I would tell you that, too. So it’s not an excuse by any means, but I mean, you all can see it. Watch the tape.”
Hopefully Ammendola can do well for the Chiefs this evening. Kansas City hosts the Chargers this evening at 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime Video.