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Chiefs waive Akeem Hunt, claim tight end Alex Ellis

Hunt ended the Chiefs’ 2017 season on injured reserve

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets
Kansas City Chiefs running back Akeem Hunt (31) runs the ball against New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (41) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium.
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The Kansas City Chiefs have waived running back Akeem Hunt, according to the NFL’s transactions report.

Hunt, 25, was promoted to the Chiefs active roster from the team’s practice squad in mid-September of 2017. Hunt appeared in 15 games, primarily in a kick-return role for the Chiefs. Hunt returned 25 regular-season kicks for 611 yards and no touchdowns. He added eight rushes for 23 yards and four catches for 31 yards on offense.

The Chiefs added Hunt to injured reserve with an ankle injury in early January, and he was waived Tuesday with the failed physical designation.

The Chiefs claimed tight end Alex Ellis from the New Orleans Saints, also according to the report.

Ellis, 25, first entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end caught three passes for 11 yards for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016. After being waived by the Jaguars in September 2017, the Saints picked him up in late November, but he never played during the entire ‘17 season.

The Saints waived Ellis on Monday.

According to his Tennessee profile, Ellis started just one game in college. He will be a stretch to make the Chiefs in a deep tight end room.

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