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Chiefs sign former Raytown High School running back

The Chiefs have signed a player to get back to boost their thinning running back corps, and he's someone people from Raytown might remember.

On Thursday, the club announced that it has signed Central Missouri running back LaVance Taylor to get back to the offseason roster max of 90.

Taylor, who graduated from Raytown High School, rushed 245 times for 1,918 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2014 for Central Missouri.

The 5-foot-11, 195 pounder also led the team in receptions with 38, and finished tied for second in yards with 427. He scored two receiving touchdowns.

The move comes on the heels of Thursday's practice, when Keshawn Hill ― the only running back in attendance during the early portion of camp ― went down with a hamstring injury.

This led to quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Aaron Murray getting some snaps at running back during the team portion of practice, something Daniel enjoyed a great deal, but obviously wasn't sustainable.

The Chiefs' rookies and quarterbacks ― the only ones who are required to attend the three practice sessions before the veterans report ― will practice again on Friday morning, the same day veterans will report.

Five running backs ― Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Anthony Sherman, Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West ― are among those who are expected to report Friday, so depth at the position should not be an issue for the team's first full-squad practice on Saturday.

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