KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas was suspended for the season opener for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and the club made a pair of trades on what became a busy cut day Saturday.
The Chiefs sent backup running back Carlos Hyde to the Houston Texans for Martinas Rankin, who is expected to provide depth along the offensive line. They also sent defensive back Mark Fields to the Minnesota Vikings for a seventh-round pick in the 2021 draft.
Defensive back Morris Claiborne joined Thomas on the reserve-suspended list while he misses the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Defensive end Breeland Speaks and wide receiver Gehrig Dieter went on injured reserve, wide receiver Felton Davis and cornerback Michael Hunter were waived with an injury designation, and linebacker Darius Harris was placed on the non-football injury list.
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