A Second Chance for Youngsters

Posted Sep 5, 2010

Chiefs develop eight-man practice squad

Over the past 48 hours, 20 Chiefs received “The Call.” Earlier last week, five other Chiefs got that same ring. Outside of receiving news of a career-ending injury, a visit from the Turk represents the worst news that a football player can receive relative to their profession.

But for younger players in the league, today is a day of renewed hope. Eight-man practice squad rosters are built in each of the 32 NFL cities, meaning that 256 players get a second-chance at chasing their dream.

Guys like Andy Studebaker, Wallace Gilberry and Casey Wiegmann are all players currently on the Chiefs 53-man roster that began their respective NFL career on the practice squad. Studebaker may have said it best on Friday afternoon.

“I was one of those players who got cut, but it doesn’t mean that the road is over,” Studebaker said. “I think that’s the most important thing is that guys realize that this isn’t the end of the road. This isn’t the end of your career. There is a lot of chance and opportunity for you to have a good NFL career. I got cut on Day One of my rookie year and I’m still here three years later.”

Each of the eight players making up Kansas City's practice squad were released by the Chiefs yesterday. The list includes two rookie free agents and four players who spent portions of 2009 on the Chiefs 53-man roster.

Chiefs Practice Squad

DL Garrett Brown

DL Dion Gales

OL Bobby Greenwood

OL Darryl Harris

QB Tyler Palko

DB Ricky Price

WR Verran Tucker

LB Pierre Walters

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