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Ryan Hunter cleared waivers; returning to Chiefs practice squad

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The offensive lineman was released to make room for veteran free agents the team signed this week — but the Chiefs want to keep him around a while longer

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According to a report from friend-of-the-site Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest, Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Ryan Hunter has cleared waivers — and is returning to the team’s practice squad.

Since Hunter had been on the active roster before being waived, putting him on the practice squad means another player must be released from that 10-player roster. According to Derrick, that player is running back Marcus Marshall.

An undrafted rookie out of Bowling Green, Hunter is listed as a tackle. He made the Chiefs’ initial 53-man roster in September, but has been active on game day only in the last three weeks. After being utilized only on special teams, he came in to Sunday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts in place of left guard Andrew Wylie after the starter suffered an ankle injury. On Tuesday, the team waived Hunter in order to make room for veteran defensive tackle Terrell McClain.

Marshall — an undrafted rookie out of James Madison — was in training camp with the team, but didn’t make the final 53; he was added to the practice squad immediately after final cutdown weekend. He is the brother of Keith Marshall, the former Georgia running back who was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2016’s seventh round. The elder Marshall never made an NFL roster after an injury put him on injured reserve during his rookie season.