Chiefs add a defensive lineman to roster and nine others to practice squad

08/31/2014 4:51 PM

08/31/2014 7:53 PM

One day after paring their roster down to 53, the Chiefs went about making a few small tweaks while also stocking their practice squad.

The Chiefs claimed ex-Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Damion Square to improve depth along a defensive line that only had five players before Sunday. To make room for Square, the Chiefs released veteran tight end Richard Gordon.

The Chiefs also announced the addition of the following players to their practice squad: linebacker Nico Johnson, center Ben Gottschalk, running back Charcandrick West, guard Ricky Henry, receiver Darryl Surgent, receiver Fred Williams, fullback Jordan Campbell and defensive end Kona Schwenke.

The agent for ex-Chicago Bears linebacker Jerry Franklin also tweeted that his client will sign with the Chiefs practice squad.

Chiefs fans should be fairly familiar with the first eight players listed, as all spent significant portions of training camp with the Chiefs but were released on the various cutdown days.

Thanks to the NFL’s recent decision to expand each team’s practice squad roster from eight to 10, the Chiefs still have space to add one more player.

“As many guys as we can get, we’re all in,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “That’s the coaches’ perspective. I understand the monetary value of it and so on for the owners, but we appreciate it and absolutely gives you flexibility. The more guys you can keep on the practice squad and train, the better off.”

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