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Joe McKnight | Running Back

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/16/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 205
College: USC
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Chiefs placed RB Joe McKnight on injured reserve with a ruptured Achilles', ending his season.
McKnight suffered the injury in practice last week. McKnight is just 26, but has all of seven touches over the past two seasons. He's probably near the end of the NFL line. Sep 30 - 6:15 PM

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Chiefs RB Joe McKnight ruptured his Achilles' tendon in Thursday's practice.

What a tough blow for McKnight after he had a career-game last Sunday against the Dolphins. Taking over as the Chiefs' primary passing-down back with Jamaal Charles (ankle) sidelined, McKnight caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Coach Andy Reid used him like Dexter McCluster. McKnight will head to injured reserve. He's not under contract for the 2015 season.
Sep 26 - 12:55 PM

Chiefs RB Joe McKnight had one carry for three yards and caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Dolphins.

After playing zero snaps in Weeks 1-2, McKnight took over as the Chiefs' primary passing-game back in the absence of Jamaal Charles (ankle). While Knile Davis held down the run-game fort (32 carries), McKnight was utilized in obvious passing situations and scored twice on red-zone quick hitters delivered by Alex Smith. With Charles likely returning in Week 4 against New England, look for McKnight to go back to the bench.
Sep 21 - 7:45 PM

Chiefs placed RB Joe McKnight (knee) and CB Demarcus Van Dyke (hamstring) on active/PUP.

McKnight is expected to be activated within the next couple weeks, but he'll start off on the wrong foot as he tries to secure a roster spot. The ex-Jet spent last year on the street. The speedy Van Dyke will need to get healthy as he looks for a special teams role.
Jul 21 - 11:54 AM

Chiefs RB Joe McKnight underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following minicamp.

If you didn't previously know ex-Jet McKnight was on the Chiefs' offseason roster, now you do. We suspect he'll open training camp on the active/PUP list, and be activated a week or two in. McKnight will be battling for a roster spot.
Jul 20 - 4:25 PM

Chiefs signed RB/KR Joe McKnight, S Jerron McMillian, OT R.J. Dill and DE Brandon Moore to reserve/future contracts.

McKnight spent 2013 on the street after getting cut loose by the Jets in August. McKnight could get a shot to crack the 53-man roster as a return specialist if the Chiefs fail to re-sign Dexter McCluster. A 2012 fourth-round pick, McMillian was waived by the Packers in early December. He'll fight for a spot on special teams.
Jan 11 - 5:28 PM

A warrant has been issued for free agent Joe McKnight's arrest after he failed to appear in court on Monday.

The court date was related to outstanding traffic charges. The whole situation could have been avoided with just a little common sense. McKnight worked out for the Packers in late August and Giants last week, but has otherwise received no interest since being cut loose by the Jets.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 02:07:00 PM

Free agent RB/KR Joe McKnight will work out for the Giants Tuesday.

It's an open casting call in New York after Sunday night's debacle. McKnight, Brandon Jacobs and Willis McGahee are among the unwanted veterans that will be competing for work. McKnight is by far the youngest at age 25, but he's never recorded more than 43 carries in a season. He was a first-team All-Pro kick returner for the Jets in 2011.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 10:53:00 AM

Jets waived RB Joe McKnight.

McKnight entered the summer firmly on the roster bubble, but seemed to be saved by Chris Ivory's injury woes and Mike Goodson's legal troubles. That was not the case, as McKnight barely practiced in camp thanks to injury issues of his own, including a concussion and migraines. McKnight is a solid kick returner, but rushed the ball just 112 times in three years in New York, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. He's had durability issues. His special-teams prowess should land him a new job in relatively short order.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 08:21:00 AM

Joe McKnight admits he was dealing with a concussion earlier in camp, even though the Jets said he wasn't.

Shameful. McKnight had trouble even standing on the practice field last week, but the Jets kept insisting he was dealing with a "head" injury, suggesting a migraine. The degree to which teams continue to try to mask concussions is alarming. As for McKnight, he's apparently healthy now, and will be active for Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal against the Giants.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 05:19:00 PM

Jets RB Joe McKnight is sidelined again with a "head" injury.

McKnight is almost certainly concussed, but has dealt with migraines in the past. McKnight was wobbly on the practice field Monday, and had trouble even standing. The Jets would be deserving of a massive fine if McKnight was concussed. For now, he should be considered week to week. McKnight is wounding his roster chances.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 02:03:00 PM

Jets RB Joe McKnight (concussion) has resumed practicing.

The Jets never admitted that McKnight was concussed, but all signs suggested he was. He'll make his preseason debut Saturday against the Jaguars.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 10:25:00 AM

Jets RB Joe McKnight was arrested in New Jersey last week for outstanding warrants after police pulled him over for speeding and changing lanes without signaling.

McKnight was arrested on July 30, on a Jets day off from camp. Police found he had blown off a $200 ticket for failing to produce an insurance card, and another $120 fine for failing to observe a traffic signal. Apparently, McKnight obeys traffic law about as well as he plays running back. He suffered a concussion at Friday's practice, and has not participated in training camp since.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 12:49:00 AM

Jets RB Joe McKnight is sidelined by an "apparent concussion" in camp.

McKnight might be more on the roster bubble were Chris Ivory healthy and Mike Goodson in camp. Instead, Ivory is injured and Goodson has yet to report, leaving Bilal Powell to work as the starter. McKnight could still wind up losing his roster spot, but for now he's hanging on and should make it to final cuts.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 01:12:00 PM

Jets activated RB/KR Joe McKnight from the active/PUP list.

McKnight failed his pre-training camp conditioning test, but was cleared to practice Friday. Entering a contract year, he's competing for a roster spot behind Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Mike Goodson.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 10:06:00 AM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Chase Daniel
3Aaron Murray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3Cyrus Gray
4De'Anthony Thomas
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2De'Anthony Thomas
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Frankie Hammond
3Albert Wilson
WR21Donnie Avery
2Junior Hemingway
3A.J. Jenkins
WR31Junior Hemingway
TE1Anthony Fasano
2Travis Kelce
3Demetrius Harris
K1Cairo Santos