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Report: Chiefs signing running back Elijah McGuire to practice squad

McGuire is familiar to the organization, as he spent time on Kansas City’s 2019 practice squad.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are signing running back Elijah McGuire to their practice squad, according to Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star.

McGuire, 26, first entered the league as a sixth-round pick made by the New York Jets in the 2017 NFL Draft. After not making the Jets ahead of the 2019 season, the 5-foot-10, 214-pound back bounced around the league, including a stop with the 2019 Chiefs, who signed him to their practice squad in mid-November.

A victim of the Chiefs’ 2020 roster cuts, McGuire spent time on the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins practice squads before being released by the Dolphins last week.

The move to sign McGuire to the practice squad comes in the wake of an injury to starting running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the Chiefs’ game against the New Orleans Saints. Edwards-Helaire is reportedly recovering from a high-ankle sprain and hip strain, and he may not be available until the playoffs.

In his career, McGuire has 180 carries for 591 yards and four rushing touchdowns, as well as 36 receptions for 370 yards and two receiving touchdowns — but he has not registered a regular-season snap since 2018.

He provides the Chiefs some emergency roster depth behind Le’Veon Bell, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson.