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Chiefs sign familiar defensive tackle to practice squad, release wide receiver

Kansas City signed Mike Pennel to the practice unit, releasing Daniel Arias to make room.

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According to Tuesday’s official NFL transactions report, the Kansas City Chiefs have brought a familiar face back to the team’s practice squad: defensive tackle Mike Pennel, a nine-year NFL veteran who collected a Super Bowl ring after joining the team midway through the 2019 campaign — and then remained with the squad through the following year, gaining a reputation as a very good run-stopper.

In all, Pennel appeared in 22 Kansas City games (starting one), registering 53 tackles (26 solo, two for loss), a sack and three quarterback hits.

Since then, the six-foot-4, 330-pound native of Topeka, Kansas spent 2021 with the Atlanta Falcons and 2022 with the Chicago Bears.

The 32-year-old Pennel joined the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State for the Green Bay Packers in 2014, spending three seasons there (and two more with the New York Jets) before arriving in Kansas City.

To make room on the practice squad roster, the team released wide receiver Daniel Arias, whom the team signed on September 27.

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