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Chiefs announce eight-man practice squad

Posted Sep 1, 2012

Seventh-round draft picks Junior Hemingway and Jerome Long headline the practice squad

The Chiefs unveiled an eight-man practice squad Saturday afternoon.

Highlighting the list are seventh-round draft picks Junior Hemingway and Jerome Long. The developmental roster also features three players who spent time on last year’s practice squad – David Mims, Jamar Newsome and Lucas Patterson.

Mims is the only member of the practice squad to have previously spent time on Kansas City’s 53-man roster.

Chiefs Eight-Man Practice Squad

#8 WR Josh Bellamy

Bellamy, an undrafted rookie out of Louisville, turned heads during OTAs with his speed. He finished the preseason with two catches for 25 yards.

#49 FB Patrick DiMarco

Signed a week into training camp, DiMarco was the only fullback on Kansas City’s roster for the preseason finale at Green Bay. He originally entered the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted rookie out of South Carolina, but was released by San Diego after suffering an injury during training camp.

DiMarco finished the preseason with two receptions for 22 yards. He did not record any rushing attempts.

#88 WR Junior Hemingway

A seventh-round draft pick out of Michigan in the 2012 NFL Draft, Hemingway battled a groin injury throughout most of training camp. He was able to return to action late in the preseason and caught one pass for 14 yards.

#60 DL Jerome Long

The first of Kansas City’s two 2012 seventh-round selections, Long spent the preseason working as a reserve defensive end. He notched four tackles and added a sack during the preseason slate.

#70 T David Mims

Mims spent the preseason working at right tackle behind starter Eric Winston. He joined the team last season as an undrafted rookie out of Virginia Union and was placed on the practice squad following training camp. He’d eventually receive promotion to the Chiefs 53-man roster, but did not see any game action.

#84 WR Jamar Newsome

A member of the practice squad last season, Newsome turned in several big plays throughout training camp. The big-bodied receiver caught three preseason passes for 27 yards.

#77 OL Lucas Patterson

A defensive lineman turned offensive lineman, Patterson spent time on the Chiefs practice squad last year. The former Texas A&M Aggie has the ability to play multiple positions on the offensive front and finished the preseason as the primary reserve to starting center Rodney Hudson.

#38 DB Neiko Thorpe

Thorpe signed with the Chiefs this offseason as an undrafted rookie out of Auburn. The versatile defensive back was listed as a third-team cornerback during the preseason.

Notes on Practice Squad eligibility from the new Collective Bargaining Agreement:

The Practice Squad shall consist of the following players, provided that they have not served more than two previous seasons on a Practice Squad:

  • players who do not have an Accrued Season of NFL experience;
  • free agent players who were on the Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during their only Accrued Season(s).


"An otherwise eligible player may be a Practice Squad player for a third season only if the Club by which he is employed that season has at least 53 players on its Active/Inactive List during the entire period of his employment.

"A player shall be deemed to have served on a Practice Squad in a season if he has passed the club's physical and been a member of the club's Practice Squad for at least three regular season or postseason games during his first two Practice Squad seasons, and for at least one regular season or postseason game during his third Practice Squad season.

"(For purposes of this Section, a bye week counts as a game provided that the player is not terminated until after the regular season or postseason weekend in question.)"

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