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Chiefs sign long snapper, wide receiver to practice squad

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos (5) watches his missed fourth quarter field goal between Oakland Raiders' D.J. Hayden (25) and Tarell Brown (23) during Sunday's football game on December 14, 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos (5) watches his missed fourth quarter field goal between Oakland Raiders' D.J. Hayden (25) and Tarell Brown (23) during Sunday's football game on December 14, 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs signed long snapper Charley Hughlett and wide receiver Corbin Louks to their practice squad on Wednesday.

The moves come less than two days after coach Andy Reid cited difficulties with the snap and hold operation between long snapper Thomas Gafford and holder Dustin Colquitt that led to two missed field goals by Cairo Santos.

Hughlett, 24, played at Central Florida and has been in several NFL camps and practice squads, most recently New England and Cleveland. He has not appeared in an NFL game.

To make room for Hughlett and Lukes, the club placed wide receiver Armon Binns on injured reserve and released tight end Adam Schiltz.

Playoff scenarios

The Chiefs, 8-6, will clinch an AFC wild card berth if they beat Pittsburgh, 9-5, on Sunday and San Diego, 8-6, in the regular-season finale. They can still make it by splitting the final two games if they get a lot of help in other games.

And, the Chiefs could be eliminated as early as this week if they lose to Pittsburgh and Baltimore, 9-5, wins at Houston and Cincinnati, 9-4-1, beats Denver at home on Monday night.

Thomas wins award

Chiefs rookie De’Anthony Thomas was selected AFC special teams player of the week for his performance in last Sunday’s 31-13 win over Oakland.

Thomas returned eight punts for 156 yards, second-most in club history, including an 81-yard touchdown.

To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @randycovitz.

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