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Chiefs add linebacker Quan Sturdivant to practice squad

The Chiefs released kicker Matt Szymanski to open up the slot.

Christian Petersen

The Kansas City Chiefs made a couple of smaller practice squad moves on Thursday to round out the team's flexibility at the linebacker position as they head into the Week 13 game against the Carolina Panthers. The team announced today that linebacker Quan Sturdivant had been signed and placed on the practice squad, while kicker Matt Szymanski was released to make room.

Syzmanski was just signed again last week in a perplexing move for most Chiefs fans, given that the team is set at kicker with Ryan Succop. The Chiefs had Syzmanski in training camp so he was a familiar face, and Romeo Crennel reiterated that they wanted to check in with him and to chart his growth as a player.

Sturdivant joins the practice squad just days after the Chiefs released another linebacker, Bryan Kehl. The Redskins claimed Kehl off of waivers.

Sturdivant was the Arizona Cardinals sixth round draft choice in the 2011 NFL Draft after showing strong defensive ability at North Carolina where he had 309 tackles in his career.