Kansas City Chiefs Roster 2012: Chiefs Set Initial 53-Man Roster

KANSAS CITY, MO - May 13: Ethan Johnson #70 and Dontari Poe #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs work with defensive coach Anthony Pleasant during the Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp on May 13, 2012 at the Chiefs Training Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs set their initial 53-man roster on Friday night.

The Kansas City Chiefs reduced their roster by 21 players to meet the NFL's 53-player roster requirement on Friday. As SB Nation's Arrowhead Pride explains, the Chifes cut 19 players and added two players to the IR list to get down the the required 53-man limit.

The official roster for Kansas City's Week 1 game against Atlanta won't be finalized until game time as the team can alter the 53-man roster by signing free agents released by other teams throughout the rest of the week. Arrowhead Pride takes a look at the highlights from Friday's cuts and how it impacts the Chief's depth chart.

Depth chart notes:

  • The Chiefs have 54 players on the roster -- Tamba Hali's Week 1 suspension doesn't count against the roster. (H/T Teicher for pointing that out.)
  • All three nose tackles made it -- Anthony Toribio, Dontari Poe and Jerrell Powe.
  • The Chiefs have no fullback. But they have five running backs.
  • Two 2012 draft picks were cut -- Jerome Long and Junior Hemingway.
  • Two undrafted free agents made it -- Tysyn Hartman and Nate Eachus. Alex Tanney was placed on IR.

Read more on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Pride and SB Nation Kansas City.

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