The Kansas City Chiefs released 14 players from the team on Sunday.
The reduced Chiefs roster now shows 75 names (the league limit) following the first wave of cuts.
As expected, no big names were sent packing.
However, two names do stand out amongst the pack. Wide receiver Jeremy Horne and fullback Shane Bannon were both cut.
Horne was entering his third season with the team. Although his regular-season opportunities were limited as a wide receiver, he was a special-teams staple for the past two years.
In 2011, his rookie year, Bannon was placed on Kansas City's practice squad. With rookie Taylor Gentry failing his physical this offseason, Bannon was considered the favorite to win the fullback job in 2012. However, Patrick DiMarco's reps with the first team have increased as the preseason has progressed.
According to Josh Looney of KCChiefs.com, the team has released the following 14 players:
No. Name Pos. Exp. College
38 Bannon, Shane FB 1 Yale
48 Biere, Tim TE R Kansas
57 Campbell, Caleb LB 1 Army
75 Cheadle, Justin OL R California
45 Ellis, Dominique DB R South Carolina State
42 Fanor, Jean DB R Bethune-Cookman
53 Heyman, Dexter LB R Louisville
68 Holland, Cam OL R North Carolina
11 Horne, Jeremy WR 2 Massachusetts
70 Johnson, Ethan DE R Notre Dame
17 Kinnie, Brandon WR R Nebraska
5 Markshausen, Zeke WR 1 Northwestern
14 Szymanski, Matt K R SMU
13 Weaver, Aaron WR R Syracuse
While it's the most wonderful time of the year for NFL fans, the same can't be said for players.
The Kansas City Chiefs' final 53-man roster will be set in stone by Friday, Aug. 31.
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