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Chiefs release former Raytown running back LaVance Taylor

Chiefs rookie running back LaVance Taylor was surrounded by the media Friday as veterans reported to Scanlon Hall at Missouri Western State University.
Chiefs rookie running back LaVance Taylor was surrounded by the media Friday as veterans reported to Scanlon Hall at Missouri Western State University. deulitt@kcstar.com

One of the best stories of the Chiefs’ 2015 training camp lasted less than 72 hours.

On Sunday, the club announced that it had released former Raytown running back LaVance Taylor — the player who asked the Chiefs for a job via Twitter and got one — to make room for the addition of running back Darrin Reaves of Alabama-Birmingham.

Taylor, an undrafted rookie who was a record-setting running back for Central Missouri, included the Chiefs on his list of NFL teams, along with Jerry Jones and Deion Sanders, that he attempted to contact through Twitter.

Taylor, who is listed at 5 feet 11 and 195 pounds, sent the Chiefs a 12-minute highlight clip from his college days on Wednesday and was signed by his hometown team Thursday. He participated in three practices — including Sunday’s — before his release.

In Reaves, 22, the Chiefs are adding a bigger back (5 feet 10, 220 pounds) who earned some regular-season experience last year with the Carolina Panthers. Reaves, an undrafted rookie, carried the ball 31 times for 78 yards in six games (one start), and caught five passes for 31 yards.

Reaves, who was released by the Panthers in late July, rushed for 1,965 yards and scored 28 touchdowns in 2012 and 2013, his last two seasons at UAB.

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