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Posted Oct 6, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Saturday that the club has released center Bryan Mattison and elevated defensive back Neiko Thorpe to the 53-man roster from the team’s practice squad.

Thorpe (6-2, 185) originally joined the Chiefs as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012 and was named to the club’s practice squad on Sept. 1. He played in 51 games (40 starts) at Auburn, compiling 279 tackles (172 solo), seven interceptions returned for 189 yards (27.0 avg.), 35 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown. He was an Under Armour All-American at Tucker High School in Tucker, Ga.

Mattison (6-3, 310) joined the Chiefs on Sept. 26 and was inactive for one contest. He has played in 15 games (four starts) in two NFL seasons with St. Louis (2011) and Baltimore (2010). He spent two seasons (2008-09) on the Ravens practice squad before moving to the 53-man roster. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Jets in 2008. He was a two-year captain at the University of Iowa, where he played on the defensive line. He was named first-team All-State by the Associated Press at Penn High School in Mishawaka, Ind.