Chiefs elevate Daniel Munyer, sign Orie Lemon to practice squad

Chiefs offensive lineman Daniel Munyer
Chiefs offensive lineman Daniel Munyer AP

The Chiefs filled their 53-man roster vacancy Tuesday by promoting center/guard Daniel Munyer from the practice squad. He takes the roster spot vacated by De’Anthony Thomas, who had been placed on the non-football illness list.

Munyer, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, has been on the 53-man roster for one game this season — the Chiefs’ 34-20 win over Oakland on Dec. 6., in which he logged one special-teams snap.

The addition of Munyer, however, is likely protection in case center Mitch Morse — who sustained his second concussion in nearly five weeks during the Chiefs’ 23-17 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday — does not pass concussion protocol in time to play in the Chiefs’ wild-card playoff game Saturday at Houston.

If Morse can’t play, Zach Fulton will start at center. He’s started one game there — the Oakland win on Dec. 6 — and didn’t have any poor snaps. He was also praised by Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who said it was a “heck of a game by him.”

To fill Munyer’s spot on the practice squad, the Chiefs signed inside linebacker Orie Lemon. Lemon, who is listed at 6 feet 1 and 242 pounds, is a fifth-year pro who has recorded 32 tackles in 26 career games.

Lemon, 28, signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State in 2011 and was one of the Chiefs’ final cuts in 2013. He had a short stint with the Chiefs’ practice squad in 2014 but was signed by Tampa Bay.

Lemon was waived by the Bucs in October, re-signed a week later and released in November. He started three games for the Bucs in 2014 and one in 2015.

The Star's Terez Paylor breaks down the day's Chiefs news from the team's practice facility.