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Chiefs sign 8 to practice squad roster

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs signed eight players to the practice squad Saturday, including wide receiver Junior Hemingway and defensive lineman Jerome Long, their seventh-round picks in April's draft.

All the players signed to the practice team were waived the previous day, when the Chiefs had to trim their roster from 75 players to 53 by the NFL's deadline.

The Chiefs technically have 54 players under contract because linebacker Tamba Hali, suspended for the opener next Sunday against Atlanta, does not count against the roster limit. Hali will be eligible Week 2 after violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

The other players signed to the practice squad were wide receivers Jamar Newsome and Josh Bellamy, offensive linemen Lucas Patterson and David Mims, fullback Patrick DiMarco and defensive back Neiko Thorpe.

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