Chiefs release LB Tourek Williams, sign free agent Marcus Rush

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs terminated the contract of linebacker Tourek Williams on Tuesday, indicating the fifth-year NFL veteran failed to disclose a physical condition when the team signed him one week ago, according to the NFL transactions report.

Former Michigan State linebacker Marcus Rush signed with the Chiefs May 30.
Former Michigan State linebacker Marcus Rush signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent May 30, 2017.

The team confirmed the signing of Williams on May 23, the opening day of organized team activities. He appeared to come up lame following a collision during during practice the following day.

Williams watched practice from the sidelines Thursday. Head coach Andy Reid initially indicated Williams sustained a stinger.

The team did not indicated the condition Williams failed to disclose. The San Diego Chargers, Williams’ former team, listed the linebacker as questionable during the team’s week 12 game against Houston last season. He played in all 16 games for the Chargers in 2016.

The Chiefs moved to replace Williams with linebacker Marcus Rush, a third-year linebacker from Michigan State.

The 6-3, 251-pound Rush signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He signed with Jacksonville in December and remained with the club until his release earlier this month.

Rush saw action in two games for the Jaguars, playing a total of 42 snaps on special teams.

Rush excelled in the 2016 preseason for the 49ers, picking up six sacks and adding two forced fumbles and an interception. He was among the team’s final roster cuts and served on the 49ers practice squad until joining the Jaguars.


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