Ripkowski was waived by the Chiefs on Friday per the NFL's official transaction log.
Ripkowski spent his first three seasons in Green Bay before failing to find a new team in 2018. He finally found a landing spot in Kansas City, where he signed a future/reserve contract in January. However, he will now be forced again to find a new opportunity.
Ripkowski signed a future/reserve contract with the Chiefs on Thursday according to the NFL's official transaction report.
Ripkowski will get to spend the offseason with Kansas City after sitting out the year following his release from the Packers at the end of the preseason. Anthony Sherman, who had an impressive performance in the Pro Bowl, is slated to enter free agency this offseason, which could leave the door open for Ripkowski to get on the 53-man roster.
The Packers waived Ripkowski on Saturday, Michael Cohen of The Athletic Wisconsin reports.
Ripkowski has been an asset as a fullback and on special teams as a Packer, but a roster squeeze has apparently forced the hand of general manager Brian Gutekunst. Perhaps the two sides have a "wink-wink" deal and Ripkowski will remain in Green Bay after cuts are finalized and players placed on IR, but a fullback-needy team could inquire about his services. Where he lands in the coming days will be telling.
Ripkowski finished the 2017 season with five carries for 13 yards and seven receptions for 39 yards in 16 games.
Ripkowski accumulated 196 yards and three touchdowns on 43 touches the season before, so it seemed he would be more involved in the offense in 2017 than he actually was. However, the Packers got better usage out of their running backs than they did the year before, so Ripkowski was limited almost exclusively to blocking duty and special teams work. His reputation made him a first alternate for this year's Pro Bowl, but his 12 touches in 2017 mean he will head into 2018 without any realistic fantasy value.
Ripkowski did not record a carry nor a catch in Sunday's 26-20 overtime victory versus the Buccaneers.
Ripkowski had at least one touch in four straight games entering Sunday's contest, but with Jamaal Williams dominating the backfield work and Aaron Jones returning in action, Ripkowski was back in a fullback-only role for Week 13. As long as Williams and Jones remain healthy, expect Ripkowski to continue working solely as a fullback the rest of the way.
Ripkowski had one carry for four yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
Ripkowski did not do anything notable from a fantasy perspective, but he was the only running back besides Jamaal Williams to see the field Sunday night, as fellow ball carrier Devante Mays served only as insurance. Ripkowski could work in a similar role in Week 13 if Ty Montgomery (ribs) remains sidelined, but in that scenario, Williams would still figure to dominate the backfield touches like he did against the Steelers.
Ripkowski had two carries for three yards and one reception for 12 yards in Sunday's victory over the Bears.
Ripkowski played more snaps than he regularly does Sunday thanks to injuries to running backs Ty Montgomery (ribs) and Aaron Jones (knee), and he finished with a season high for touches. Ripkowski could get more involved again in Week 11 if either or both running backs previously listed are unable to play, but in that scenario he would still play only a complementary role, and mainly be used on passing downs and/or in short-yardage situations.
Ripkowski posted nine yards on one reception Monday against the Lions.
The third-year pro only has one rush in the red zone this season, and he hasn't been deployed like the Packers' prior FB John Kuhn. Ripkowski matched a season-low three offensive snaps Monday, and he should stay off fantasy radars until he can log red-zone touches.
Ripkowski had one carry for four yards and one reception for six yards in Thursday's victory over the Bears.
Ripkowski had just one touch through the Packers' first three games, but he doubled that total Thursday after running backs Ty Montgomery (ribs) and Jamaal Williams (knee) left the game. The Packers figure to let Aaron Jones and/or Devante Mays handle the bulk of the running back duties as long as Montgomery and Williams are out, but Ripkowski could get more involved again like he was in 2016, when he totaled 43 touches over the team's final 13 games.
Ripkowski played 22 snaps on offense in Sunday's victory over the Seahawks, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Ripkowski averaged nearly three touches per game in 2016, but he was limited to blocking duty in Week 1 and did not record a carry nor a reception. He did not record his first touch last year until Week 5, so he could still get involved in the offense down the road.
Ripkowski is listed as the Packers' starting fullback for Week 1.
Ripkowski was pushed by fellow fullback Joe Kerridge during training camp, but Kerridge landed on injured reserve with a calf injury and the Packers don't have any other fullbacks on the roster, so Ripkowski will have the job all to himself to open the regular season. Ripkowski totaled 43 touches a year ago, and he again figures to be more involved in the offense than the average fullback.
Ripkowski played six snaps in Saturday's preseason victory over the Redskins, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Ripkowski was limited to just one special teams snap in the Packers' preseason opener, but he saw his first action on offense Saturday. He will head into 2017 as the Packers' top fullback, and figures to play a more active role in the game plan than most at his position after totaling 196 yards and three scores on 43 touches a year ago.
Ripkowski rushed 34 times for 150 yards and caught nine passes (on 10 targets) for 46 yards while scoring three touchdowns in 16 games played during the 2016 regular season.
Ripkowski played 15 games as a rookie last season, earning just one touch along the way, but after the team's primary ball-carrying options fell victim to injuries this year, the former sixth-round pick enjoyed an expanded role. Despite playing the fullback position, Ripkowski proved to capable running between the tackles and catching occasional passes as well. While his lost fumble during Green Bay's NFC championship defeat will surely leave a sour taste in his mouth, Ripkowski can take pride in the role he carved out this season.
Ripkowski had four carries for 24 yards in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.
Ripkowski made the most of his limited opportunities in Sunday's game, averaging six yards per carry. He tallied 76 total yards on 11 touches in the Packers' regular-season finale but has totaled just 36 yards on eight touches through two playoff games, so it would seem he has moved back into a complementary role behind primary running back Ty Montgomery.
Ripkowski had two carries for one yard and a touchdown and also caught two passes for 11 yards in Sunday's victory over the Giants.
Ripkowski did not see anywhere near as much work as he did in the Packers' regular season finale, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy standpoint by plunging in from one yard out late in the contest. He figures to continue seeing plenty of snaps in the Packers' backfield given his pass-blocking abilities, but a reprise of his Week 17 performance at any point the rest of the way seems unlikely.
Ripkowski (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Giants.
Ripkowski, who logged nine carries for 61 yards and two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown in Week 17's win over the Lions, is in uniform, but it's unclear if the shoulder issue that led to him being listed as questionable Saturday will limit him at all. Also in the mix to handle carries out of the Green Bay backfield Sunday are Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael.
Ripkowski (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's wild-card game versus the Giants.
A full practice participant all week, Ripkowski was curiously downgraded one day before the Packers' postseason opener. In a backfield populated by uncommon faces, namely WR-turned-RB Ty Montgomery, Ripkowski provides a pounding presence to the ground game, which he used to great effect in a Week 17 victory at Detroit. Nine carries for 61 yards is nothing to scoff at, meaning his status will be of interest in advance of Sunday's 4:40 PM ET kickoff.
Ripkowski had nine carries for 61 yards and two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's victory over the Lions.
Ripkowski, normally the Packers' fullback, operated in a different role Sunday, leading all Green Bay running backs in snaps (36, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com), carries, and rushing yards while also finding paydirt. It seems unlikely he will be used the same way in Sunday's playoff matchup with the Giants -- he is a fullback, after all -- but he is probably the best pass blocker in the running back corps, so it's not out of the question, either.
Ripkowski (back) is listed as active Sunday in Chicago.
The bruising fullback will attempt to continue his best John Kuhn imitation, which has resulted in 11 red-zone touches for Ripkowski over the last nine outings. Nevertheless, Ripkowski will be the third option, at best, in the ground game behind Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael (illness).
Ripkowski (back) is considered questionable to play Sunday against the Bears.
Ripkowski practiced in full Wednesday, but he hasn't duplicated that workload since, putting his status into question. However, with Christine Michael (illness) also questionable and James Starks (concussion) deemed doubtful, the Packers could sure use having Ripkowski available as a ball-carrying option behind Ty Montgomery this weekend.