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Chiefs sign Alize Mack to practice squad; release punter Jack Fox

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The team continues its search for tight end depth — and signals that Dustin Colquitt is OK

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According to friend-of-the-site Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest, the Kansas City Chiefs made a roster move on Wednesday, signing tight end Alize Mack to the practice team. To make room, the team released punter Jack Fox from the taxi squad.

Fox — who had been with the team during training camp — was a surprise signing to the practice squad on October 29. His acquisition immediately led to speculation that longtime punter Dustin Colquitt had suffered an injury in the game against the Green Bay Packers two days earlier.

That supposition turned out to be correct. The following day, we learned that Colquitt had strained a muscle in his left thigh. He was limited in practice all week but played in Sunday’s 26-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Fox’s release is a clear signal that Colquitt is now good to go.

With Mack’s signing, the Chiefs continue their search for tight end depth.

At 6-feet-5 and 247 pounds, Mack is a rookie who was drafted in the seventh round (231st overall) by the New Orleans Saints. Released by the Saints at the final cutdown in late August, he cleared waivers and was placed on their practice squad. He was released on September 20 and picked up five days later by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers released him on October 2.

In three seasons at Notre Dame, Mack collected 716 yards and four touchdowns on 68 catches. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Mack was rated by multiple outlets as the nation’s top high school tight end in 2014.