Chiefs safety Justin Reid takes over at kicker in 1st half vs. Cardinals
The Kansas City Chiefs may have only dressed one kicker for Sunday’s season opener against the Arizona Cardinals, but early returns indicate they have a somewhat capable backup.
Harrison Butker’s ankle slipped on a kickoff with 9:37 left in the first quarter. He had to be carted off the field.
Safety Justin Reid, whom the Chiefs added this offseason from the Houston Texans, began warming up his leg on the sideline.
Kansas City was quick to call his number, as he trotted on the field after a second touchdown.
Chiefs safety Justin Reid just DRILLED this extra point.
— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2022
#Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury and is questionable to return. Safety Justin Reid replaced him, making an XP and booming this kickoff through the endzone.pic.twitter.com/1tIWXd9XKP
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 11, 2022
Reid booted the extra point, right down the middle.
He came back out for the kickoff and sent the football out of the back of the end zone.
The Cardinals went down 14-0 but answered with a James Conner touchdown run in the second quarter.
The Chiefs bounced back with a touchdown, but Reid missed the ensuing extra point to the right.
Butker was questionable to return with a left ankle injury, but he made a grand return late in the first half.
He hit a 54-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 23-7 lead.
Reid, though, kept his kickoff job.
Catch the rest of the game on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.