Chiefs Kingdom Releases Former Alabama Walk On
The Kansas City Chiefs waived former Alabama running back, Derrick Gore just weeks prior to the start of the season.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid stated in his Tuesday press conference that Gore suffered a broken thumb during the Chiefs second preseason game against the Washington Commanders.
Coming out of high school, the 5'10 running back was not highly recruited, so instead of going to a big school, he decided to go to Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas. Gore transferred to Alabama the following season as a walk on.
Gore saw a majority of his snaps on special teams on the 2015 National Championship team, however saw time at the running back position in 2016 where he ran for 93 yards and a touchdown.
The Coffeyville native transferred to the University of Louisiana Monroe after two seasons with the Tide. Gore played as a dual-threat weapon, rushing for 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns, plus caught 35 receptions for 247 yards in his time with the Warhawks.
Gore declared for the NFL draft where he signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2019. After bouncing around practice squads for three years, the Chiefs activated Gore on the active roster. Last season, Gore rushed for 256 yards, had 105 receiving yards, and two touchdowns in 11 games. Many Chiefs fans expected Gore to be the backup running back before breaking his thumb in the preseason.
The good thing for Gore is that he agreed to an injury settlement with the Chiefs. An injury settlement releases an injured player, while still agreeing to pay some of its contracts.
The 27-year-old could find a fit elsewhere once he recovers from his injury.
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