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Chiefs make first round of roster cuts prior to Tuesday’s cut-down date

KC Chiefs coach Andy Reid (in red), seen here talking to Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer prior to their preseason game at Arrowhead Saturday night, made his first round of roster cuts on Monday.  The team released 11 players and placed another on IR.
KC Chiefs coach Andy Reid (in red), seen here talking to Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer prior to their preseason game at Arrowhead Saturday night, made his first round of roster cuts on Monday. The team released 11 players and placed another on IR.
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The Kansas City Chiefs announced the release of 11 players on Monday morning and also placed safety Sanders Commings on injured reserve for the season, one day before the first NFL cut-down deadline.

The eleven players released were:

  • WR Deon Anthony
  • DL Jairus Campbell
  • DT Jermelle Cudjo
  • WR Weston Dressler
  • G Otis Hudson
  • WR Jerrell Jackson
  • CB Brandon Jones
  • CB Vernon Kearney
  • S Jerron McMillian
  • TE Adam Schiltz
  • WR Darryl Surgent

There were no real surprises in this round of cuts even though Chiefs fans have been hearing Weston Dressler’s name since he signed as a free agent during the off-season. At the time he was signed, the former Canadian League standout was considered a favorite to replace All-Pro kick returner Dexter McCluster on the roster after McCluster left the Chiefs to sign with Tennessee as a free agent.

Unfortunately for Dressler, the Chiefs added rookies De’Anthony Thomas and Albert Wilson to the roster since then and the two have played well enough to make Dressler expendable.

The placement of Commings on IR is a serious blow to the Chiefs secondary. The coaching staff believed Commings had a great chance to be the starting free safety next to All-Pro Eric Berry. Unfortunately for the second year in a row, Commings suffered a season-ending injury and may have blown his last chance with the Chiefs. He has appeared in two regular season games and has one tackle.

After these moves, Kansas City’s active roster currently sits at 78 players and they will have to cut three more players before Tuesday afternoon.

Each NFL roster must be cut down to a maximum of 75 players by Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. CT. The league’s final roster cut-down to 53 players must take place before 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Chiefs wrap up their preseason Thursday night in Green Bay with a 6 p.m. CT game against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

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