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Chiefs fill roster void left by DeVito injury

9/9/2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson, according to Pro Football Talk. The addition fills the void left by the season-ending injury to defensive end Mike DeVito. DeVito ruptured his Achilles tendon in Sunday's loss to Tennessee and was to have surgery.

Jaye Howard and Vance Walker will share DeVito's spot in the base defense. Howard is an interesting prospect. He joined the Chiefs last season off waivers from Seattle but played little.

He played a lot in the preseason because a hand injury kept DeVito from playing and Howard handled it well.

"Howard is an explosive player," coach Andy Reid said. "His big thing was just making sure that was something that took place on every play. Consistency was the factor, he's shown us that he can do that throughout his time here. He had a good preseason with us and now will have an opportunity to get in there and play a little bit more."

Walker was signed from Oakland during the offseason as a free agent but played just one snap against the Titans.

Either way, the Chiefs will miss DeVito. He was an underrated player, strong against the run and improving as a pass-rusher.

Vickerson, 31, has played nine seasons for Miami, Tennessee and Denver with 43 starts.