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Chiefs lose one practice-squad linebacker, sign another

The Chiefs lost one linebacker on Tuesday and added another.

After Jayson DiManche was signed off their practice squad by the Cleveland Browns, the Chiefs signed Josh Keyes, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to replace him, a source told The Star.

Keyes, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 223 pounds, was signed by the Bucs as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College. As a senior, Keys started all 13 games at strongside linebacker and recorded 66 tackles, including a team-high 11  1/2 for loss.

Keyes, 22, made an early impression during OTAs with the Bucs and was one of the team’s final cuts before the 53-man roster deadline in early September. He was quickly signed to the practice squad, but was again released a few weeks later.

DiManche, 25, was signed to the Chiefs’ practice squad last week. But opposing teams can snap up players from any team’s practice squad, provided they sign them to their 53-man roster.

Terez A. Paylor: 816-234-4489, @TerezPaylor. Tap here to download the new Red Zone Extra app for iOS and Android devices.

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