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KC Chiefs practice squad coming after roster cuts

The Chiefs will have more roster moves coming in the form of the practice squad on Sunday.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Don't say goodbye to those players just cut by the Kansas City Chiefs just yet. Some of those players will make up the KC Chiefs first practice squad, which can be created at 11 a.m. (Arrowhead Time) on Sunday. This year practice squads went from a maximum of eight to 10 players so two more players will be getting roster spots. The two new players can have up to 32 games on an active roster, which is a nice way to keep players who normally wouldn't quality for the practice squad.

See all the Chiefs roster cuts here. Their first practice squad will likely be almost all players that were released today.

Here are a few notes on practice squads (via SB Nation):


  • A player is eligible if he does not have an accrued season of NFL experience. Players gain an accrued season by being on the active roster for at least six games.
  • If a player has one accrued season, they can still be practice squad eligible if they were on the 45-man active gameday roster for less than nine regular season games.
  • A player is deemed to have served a season on the practice squad if he remains on the practice squad for at least three weeks. Players are eligible to be on the practice squad for two seasons.
  • Players can be eligible for a third practice squad season if their team maintains no less than 53 players on the active/inactive list at all times.

New this year: 10 players now allowed on practice squad

First, a player must have a minimum of six games - up from the current three games - on a Practice Squad in order for that season to count as one of the player's three permissible seasons of Practice Squad service.

Second, each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two Practice Squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club's 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.

Practice squad rules

  • Practice squad players ... practice with the team. They do not play in games.
  • Not all players are eligible to be signed to NFL practice squads (see above).
  • Practice squad players are paid per week and can be released at any point during the season.
  • Practice squad players are free to sign with other NFL teams, assuming they are signed to the 53-man active roster. A practice squad player cannot be signed to another practice squad unless he is first released.
  • A practice squad player can not sign with their team's upcoming opponent, unless they do so six days before the upcoming game or 10 days if their team is currently on a bye week.
  • If a practice squad player is signed to the active roster, they will receiver a minimum of three paychecks, even if they are released before spending three weeks with the team.
  • In order to be signed to a practice squad after being released, a player must first clear through waivers.


Practice squad players make at least $6,300 per week. Teams can play them more to entice them to play for them. This is in comparison to the $420,000 minimum for rookies on the active roster.

Who will be on the Chiefs practice squad?

The list of players cut on Saturday is a good place to start.

S Jonathon Amaya, S Malcolm Bronson, FB Jordan Campbell, DL Dominique Hamilton, WR Mark Harrison, G Ricky Henry, LB Alonzo Highsmith, LB Nico Johnson, DT Kyle Love, CB Justin Rogers, DL Kona Schwenke, K Ryan Succop, CB DeMarcus Van Dyke, LB Devan Walker, OT J'Marcus Webb, RB Charcandrick West, WR Fred Williams.

Practice squad prediction

1. RB Charcandrick West

2. WR Mark Harrison

3. OT Ryan McKee

4. OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

5. NT Dominique Hamilton

6. CB Vernon Kearney

7. WR Darryl Surgent

8. LB Devan Walker

9. DE Jairus Campbell

10. FB Jordan Campbell

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