The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday morning that they have placed kicker Cairo Santos on injured-reserve and have signed Harrison Butker off the Carolina Panthers practice squad.
ESPN’s Fantasy Football notes that Santos is dealing with a groin injury and that is what lead to him being placed on injured reserve. Our speculation is that Cairo Santos re-aggravated his groin injury that kept him sidelined for a portion of training camp in the Chiefs victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Cairo Santos had a solid game as he connected for a 34-yard field goal and made all of 3 of his extra points. Something to note as well, Santos also got roughed up on a running into the kicker penalty by the Los Angeles Chargers so possibly that could be contributing factor.
Taking over for Santos will be the 22-year old Harrison Butker out of Georgia Tech. Harrison Butker spent the preseason with the Carolina Panthers but was waived by the team as he lost the starting gig to Graham Gano, Butker would later re-sign onto the team’s practice squad. Harrison Butker was a solid kicker for the Yellow Jackets in his four years with the university. Butker finished his college career with 99.0% extra point percentage (208/210) and 71.1% field goal percentage (43-60). If he translates this into the NFL and his big opportunity in front of him he could be an excellent option but only time will tell.