Horne most tenured player let go in Chiefs first wave of cuts

Posted Aug 26, 2012

WR Jeremy Horne was the most experienced player released by Chiefs on Sunday

The Chiefs announced the release of 14 players Sunday afternoon, 24 hours before the NFL requires teams to trim their roster size to a maximum of 75 players.

Rosters will be trimmed again on Friday, August 31st to a maximum of 53 players.

Of the 14 players released Sunday, 10 were undrafted rookies and just two owned previous regular season experience – WR Jeremy Horne and LB Caleb Campbell.

Horne was the only player released to have previously suited up for a regular season game with the Chiefs.

Here’s a closer look at the 14 players released by the Chiefs…

Veterans Release (4)

#11 WR Jeremy Horne (6-2, 193)

Horne was in his third training camp with the Chiefs after originally joining the team as an undrafted rookie out of UMass in 2010. His standout preseason as a rookie earned him a roster spot coming out of training camp that year and he’s bounced between the Chiefs active roster and practice squad for most of the past two seasons.

Primarily used as a special teams player, Horne appeared in 12 games with the Chiefs. He owns one rushing attempt for five yards coming on an end-around last season at New England and has yet to log his first NFL reception.

Horne caught two passes for 43 yards this preseason, including this 38-yard touchdown reception from QB Brady Quinn at St. Louis.

#57 LB Caleb Campbell (6-2, 237)

Campbell was added to the Chiefs practice squad last November and then re-signed with the team following the 2011 season. He owns three games of NFL experience, all coming with the Detroit Lions in 2010.

Originally a seventh-round pick of the Lions in the 2008 NFL Draft, Campbell’s football career was put on hold to honor a two-year commitment of active military duty with the U.S. Army. The West Point graduate then re-joined the Lions in April of 2010.

Campbell recorded one tackle and a sack this preseason working as a reserve inside linebacker.

#38 FB Shane Bannon (6-3, 245)

A seventh-round draft pick out of Yale in 2011, Bannon has yet to make his NFL regular season debut. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad and re-signed with the Chiefs following the 2011 campaign.

Bannon battled an abdominal injury throughout most of training camp in St. Joseph, Mo. before returning to take part in the second preseason game at St. Louis. His departure leaves Patrick DiMarco as the only remaining fullback on the roster, though RB Nate Eachus has pulled double-duty this preseason and tight ends have flexed into the backfield as well.

#5 WR Zeke Markshausen (5-11, 185)

Markshausen was in his second training camp with the Chiefs in 2012. He was part of the team’s final wave of cuts last preseason, but returned to spend a week on the practice squad last November and re-signed with the team in February.

He originally entered the NFL with Chicago in 2010 as an undrafted rookie out of Northwestern, but has yet to play in a regular season contest.

Markshausen caught one pass for 15 yards this preseason.

Rookies Released (10)

#48 TE Tim Biere (6-4, 260)

Signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted rookie out of Kansas, Biere was held without a catch this preseason working as a reserve tight end behind Kevin Boss, Tony Moeaki, Jake O’Connell and Steve Maneri.

#75 OL Justin Cheadle (6-2, 290)

An undrafted rookie out of California, Cheadle was listed as the team’s third-team right guard behind veterans Jon Asamoah and Darryl Harris.

#45 DB Dominique Ellis (5-11, 195)

Ellis signed with the Chiefs following a tryout at rookie minicamp. Undrafted out of South Carolina State, Ellis worked as a reserve free safety and logged three tackles this preseason.

#42 DB Jean Fanor (6-1, 200)

Undrafted out of Bethune-Cookman, Fanor tallied two tackles during the preseason working as a reserve strong safety.

#53 LB Dexter Heyman (6-3, 238)

Heyman joined the Chiefs as an undrafted rookie out of Louisville and spent the preseason working behind Jovan Belcher and Brandon Siler at strong-side inside linebacker. He did not record any tackles.

#68 OL Cam Holland (6-2, 320)

Holland served as a reserve center during the preseason. He originally signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted rookie out of North Carolina.

#70 DE Ethan Johnson (6-4, 300)

Johnson did not appear in any preseason games after suffering a head/chin injury early in training camp. He joined the Chiefs during the offseason as an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame.

#17 WR Brandon Kinnie (6-3, 220)

A former local prep star at Grandview High School (Grandview, Mo.), Kinnie signed with his hometown team as an undrafted rookie out of Nebraska. He caught one pass for 16 yards this preseason as a reserve wide receiver.

#14 K Matt Szymanski (6-1, 196)

Szymanski worked as a reserve at both kicker and punter this preseason. He averaged 56.0 yards on four preseason punts, pinning one inside the 20 and recorded a long of 77 yards against Seattle. He also handled several kickoffs, but did not record any field goal attempts.

Szymanski signed this offseason as a rookie free agent out of SMU.

#13 WR Aaron Weaver (6-2, 220)

Signed as a rookie free agent out of Syracuse, Weaver worked as a reserve wide receiver. He did not record any preseason statistics.

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