Former Alabama WR Gehrig Dieter makes return to NFL
Former Alabama WR Gehrig Dieter is getting another shot at the NFL after a bulging disc in his back sidelined him in August. The Kansas City Chiefs called him up to their practice squad, according to multiple reports.
“If we had practice today, I’d practice,’ Dieter told the Kansas City Star before the Chiefs went through a glorified walk-though ahead of Thursday’s game in Denver. “That’s what the wait was for me — getting back to a point where I could do everything without having any pain. That’s where I am now.”
Dieter made it in the NFL in a special teams role, but added offensive snaps late last season, too. In the regular-season finale against the Raiders, he played 15 offensive snaps, along with another 12 on special teams. He also made his first career NFL catch in that game, a 22-yard reception.
A week later, he made an 11-yard catch in the AFC Divisional Round against the Colts.
At Alabama in 2016, Dieter made 15 catches for 214 yards and 4 touchdowns to average 14.3 yards per catch. What’s more, 11 of his 15 receptions went for a first down or a touchdown.
Fan favorite WR Gehrig Dieter has returned to the Chiefs locker room on the practice squad. The club dropped DT Braxton Hoyett to make space.
— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) October 15, 2019