KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs moved quickly following news backup quarterback Chad Henne needed surgery for a fractured ankle, signing 35-year-old veteran Matt Moore.
Henne suffered high ankle sprain and a fracture of his right ankle in the team's 27-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Henne played just four snaps before exiting the game after getting his ankle twisted during a sack by defensive linemen Arik Armstead and Damontre Moore.
Henne will undergo surgery in Green Bay, Wisconsin tomorrow with noted orthopedic surgeon Robert Anderson, according to Rick Burkholder, the club's vice president of sports medicine and performance. Anderson is head of the NFL's Foot and Ankle Subcommittee and has performed surgery on several Chiefs in the past, including Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry and Travis Kelce.
Patrick Mahomes said he didn't know how bad Henne's injury was until the tests revealed the damage on Sunday.
“He's still in good spirits, and hopefully we'll be able to get him back at some point,” Mahomes said.
Enter Moore, an 11-year NFL veteran, who sat out the 2018 season as a free agent. But he brings experience sorely lacking behind Mahomes in the Chiefs quarterback room.
Moore began his career with Dallas as an undrafted free agent from Oregon State in 2007. The Carolina Panthers claimed him off waivers following the preseason, and he started three games as rookie in relief of Jake Delhomme and David Carr.
Moore spent four seasons with the Panthers while recording a 7-6 record as a starter. He signed as a free agent with Miami in 2011, coincidentally backing up Henne as the Dolphins quarterback. Moore spent seven season as a backup in Miami, compiling an 8-9 record as a starter.
He finished out the 2016 season as the Dolphins starter after Ryan Tannehill suffered a knee injury. He went 2-1 during the final three weeks of the season and completed 29-of-36 for 289 yards with a touchdown and interception in a 30-12 playoff loss to Pittsburgh.