The Kansas City Chiefs elevated rookie quarterback Kyle Shurmur to their active roster, a further signal that Patrick Mahomes will not be playing this week as he recovers from a dislocated right kneecap.
Coach Andy Reid said Monday it would be a "stretch" to expect his star to be back for Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.
Shurmur signed with the Chiefs in the offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt, where he threw for 8,865 yards and 64 touchdowns. Shurmur, the son of New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, was cut at the end of camp but re-signed to the practice squad.
Shurmur will back up veteran Matt Moore, who is expected to start Sunday night.
The Chiefs swapped defensive tackles, signing Mike Pennel and releasing Terrell McClain, and they also released wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas. Kansas City added defensive tackle Braxton Hoyett to its practice squad.
Pennel, 28, has yet to appear in a game this season, released by the New England Patriots in August. For his career, he has appeared in 69 games (15 starts) between the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets.
McClain, 31, appeared in only two games with the Chiefs after signing earlier this month. Before that, he had not played since being released by the Arizona Cardinals after the preseason.
Thomas, 26, had one catch for 6 yards and one rush for 4 yards this season, his sixth with the club. His most productive season came as a rookie in 2014, when he caught 23 passes for 156 yards, and averaged 11.9 yards per punt return with one touchdown.
Hoyett, 23, is an undrafted rookie from Mississippi State.
--Field Level Media