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Chiefs’ roster cut day tracker: Eric Kush, Jarrod Pughsley, Kevin Short waived

Eric Kush (64) pointed out defensive shifts with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel during training camp.
Eric Kush (64) pointed out defensive shifts with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel during training camp. deulitt@kcstar.com

The Chiefs have to pare their roster from 75 to 53 players by 3 p.m. Saturday. Here’s a running tracker of their cuts with some analysis.

3:00 p.m. — The Chiefs have released center Eric Kush, a source told The Star.

Analysis: Tough break for Kush, but Zach Fulton’s solid performance on Thursday — when he slid into the center spot for the first time and opened some eyes — did not help his cause. Kush opened camp as the starter but lost the gig to rookie Mitch Morse. It will be interesting to see where the former sixth-round draft pick winds up next.

2:42 p.m. — The Chiefs are releasing offensive lineman Jarrod Pughsley, a source told The Star.

Analysis: Pughsley flashed some ability this preseason, and even earned some first-team work at right tackle after some injuries. He’s a big body (6-4, 310) with some athleticism. He’ll find work elsewhere if he doesn't return to the Chiefs’ practice squad.

2:15 p.m. — The Chiefs are releasing tight end Ryan Taylor, a source told The Star.

Analysis: This is a good sign for the other tight ends on the roster: Demetrius Harris, Richard Gordon and James O’Shaughnessy. Taylor has good athleticism and is more of a receiving tight end, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid is looking for backups who can do both.

2:00 p.m. — The Chiefs are releasing receiver Da’Ron Brown, multiple sources confirmed to The Star.

Analysis: Brown showed some ability this preseason, but it’s a numbers game at receiver. Brown, a seventh-round pick this year, is a prime candidate for the practice squad if he doesn’t get claimed.

11:57 a.m. — The Chiefs have released cornerback Kevin Short, a source told The Star.

Analysis: Short is a big corner (6-2, 200) with some ability. It will be interesting to see if he lands on a practice squad somewhere.

10:52 a.m. — The Chiefs have waived offensive lineman Daniel Munyer, a source confirmed.

Analysis: Munyer isn’t a big guy (6-1, 305) but he’s chippy and moves pretty good. He even moved up from third-team center to second-team left guard midway through camp. This undrafted rookie seems like a prime practice squad candidate.

10:45 a.m. — The Chiefs are waiving RB/FB Spencer Ware, a source told The Star.

Analysis: Ware is being blocked by Anthony Sherman, one of the league’s best fullbacks. But he showed plenty of ability this preseason with the Chiefs. He can run and catch the football and looks like an intriguing West Coast fullback.

10:38 a.m. — The Chiefs have waived receiver Fred Williams, a source confirmed.

Analysis: Wow. Williams played his tail off this preseason, catching 13 passes on 13 targets in the first three preseason games and looking like a potentially playable option at wide receiver. But Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday that teams normally keep 5-6 receivers, and that wasn’t good news for Williams, who didn’t bring as much versatility on special teams that Frankie Hammond did. However, Williams, 27, should find a job somewhere. His route running has some sophistication, and there’s a place in a pass-happy league for talented pass catchers.

9:51 a.m. — The Chiefs have waived safety Sanders Commings with an injury designation, a source told The Star.

Analysis: The Chiefs had high hopes for Commings, a fifth-round pick in 2013, but injuries wiped out his first two seasons and he wasn’t quite the same once he returned this preseason. He did not play in the Chiefs’ final preseason game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, because of injury. Because Commings was waived with an injury designation, he’ll spend 2015 on injured reserve if another team claims him off waivers.

9:51 a.m. — The Chiefs have waived inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson, a source told The Star.

Analysis: Tough break for the four-year veteran, who entered camp with an injury and missed several practices before making it back on the field. Johnson has experience, though — he helped fill in for Derrick Johnson last season — and is a useful special-teams player. Ramik Wilson’s emergence did not help his cause. Perhaps the release is good news for rookie D.J. Alexander and outside linebacker Frank Zombo.

9:41 a.m. — The Chiefs have waived tackle Garrett Frye, a source confirmed.

Analysis: Not a surprise, but the undrafted rookie has some versatility. He lined up at tackle and center this preseason, and it will be interesting to see if the Chiefs bring him back at some point.

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