Alphonso Hodge Activated to 53-Man Roster

This will be a memorable Thanksgiving for Chiefs cornerback Alphonso Hodge. Early Thursday morning he was elevated to the 53-man roster and should see action Sunday against the New England Patriots. However, he might not be the only roster move the Chiefs make today as Kansas City will need to find a spot for linebacker Shawn Barber.

Hodge was originally a fifth round draft choice of the Chiefs this past April but he was cut before the season began. After he cleared waivers, Kansas City placed him on their practice squad before the season opener against the New York Jets.

Hodge was a four-year starter for the Miami University (Ohio) football team. In college, he was regarded as the teams best cover corner and the Chiefs felt he was ready to get a taste of the NFL. Hodges agreed to a three year deal this morning but no terms were announced.

On Sunday, he'll be facing one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL when he lines up opposite Tom Brady. The New England Patriots, who are struggling to run the ball, will likely use four and five wide receiver sets against the Chiefs defense on Sunday.

With starting cornerback Patrick Surtain likely out with a high ankle sprain, Hodge will be used in nickel situations when the Patriots spread the field.

To make room for Hodge on the roster, the Chiefs released back-up defensive end/linebacker Khari Long. Long a seventh round draft pick from Baylor could be placed on the practice squad if he's not claimed on waivers by another NFL team on Friday.

In other Chiefs news, linebacker Shawn Barber has been placed on the 53-man roster but Kansas City, as of this writing, had not made that official. However, Barber told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that he'll play Sunday against the New England Patriots.

With the addition of Hodge to the active roster and the pending move to add Barber, it appears either safety Jerome Woods or linebacker Kris Griffin could be placed on injured reserve later today.

Woods has been suffering from a strained hamstring and Griffin has a strained knee. Woods has struggled all season to get playing time and has missed the last three games for the Chiefs. Griffin has played some at linebacker but lately he's been a contributor on special teams.

The Chiefs also announced yesterday the Long Snapper Kendall Gammon was placed on injured reserve after fracturing his fibula in Sunday's contest at Houston.

Kansas City signed long snapper Ed Perry to take Gammon's spot on the roster. Perry, a back-up tight end, was the Miami Dolphins deep snapper in 2004.

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