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Chiefs put eight on practice squad

The Chiefs signed eight players to their practice squad today. All went to camp with them this summer.

Added were rookie wide receivers Josh Bellamy and Junior Hemingway, receiver Jamar Newsome, fullback Patrick DiMarco and offensive linemen David Mims and Lucas Patterson. DiMarco, Mims and Patterson are each entering their second pro seasons.

Also added to the practice squad were rookie defensive back Neiko Thorpe and rookie defensive lineman Jerome Long.

In other news, a report out of Philadelphia today indicated the Chiefs are one of four teams that have shown interest in quarterback Mike Kafka, who was waived Friday by the Eagles.

Chiefs reserve quarterback Brady Quinn was banged up in Thursday’s preseason finale at Green Bay. He and former fifth-round draft pick Ricky Stanzi were both retained on the Chiefs’ 53-man roster on Friday behind starter Matt Cassel.

In other injury news, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Saturday that linebacker Derrick Johnson should be ready to play in the Sept. 9 season-opener against Atlanta at Arrowhead Stadium and the coach sounded optimistic that cornerback Brandon Flowers could play.