The Chiefs, who were out of healthy fullbacks, signed Patrick DiMarco, though he won’t be able to practice in pads until Saturday because players cannot practice until their third day after reporting.
By then, second-year fullback Shane Bannon, who has a strained abdomen, could return.
The Chiefs lost another fullback, Taylor Gentry, on Tuesday when it was determined he could not pass the club’s physical. Rookie running back Nate Eachus stepped in at fullback in the few plays the Chiefs deployed the position on Thursday.
DiMarco, who played at South Carolina, went to camp with San Diego last year but suffered a fracture in his foot on the third day of training camp.
DiMarco, known for his blocking as a fullback, also played tight end at South Carolina. He caught 38 passes for 302 yards with six touchdowns and gained 34 yards in 11 rushing attempts.
He is the nephew of PGA Tour golfer Chris DiMarco.