The Chiefs released 14 players on Sunday night, including longtime special teams ace and backup wide receiver Terrance Copper, quarterback Ricky Stanzi and fullback Braden Wilson, a sixth-round pick from Kansas State.
The Chiefs still need to release one more player by 3 p.m. Tuesday to reach the 75-man roster limit for the fourth preseason game.
Copper, 31, is a 10-year veteran who joined the Chiefs in 2009. He has been a special teams regular in the preseason and was part of the unit that helped spring Quintin Demps for a 104-yard kickoff return and Knile Davis for a 109-yard return.
Wilson was running second team behind veteran Anthony Sherman, but another rookie, Kansas’ Toben Opurum, has played a bigger role on special teams.
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Stanzi, a fifth-round draft pick from Iowa in 2011, has failed to get into a regular-season game in two years and was playing behind rookie free agent Tyler Bray.
Also released were defensive backs Neiko Thorpe, Otha Foster III; Kamaal McIlwain and Vince Agnew; defensive end Miguel Chavis; offensive linemen A.J. Hawkins, Ryan Durand and Hutch Erickson; defensive lineman Rob Lohr; wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker and running back Jordan Roberts.
Some of the rookies and first-year players like Wilson would be eligible for the eight-man practice squad if they clear waivers next week. The final cutdown to 53 players will be Saturday evening.
“These guys have busted their tails,” said head coach Andy Reid. “It’s their profession. We wish them all the best of luck when they leave here that they have an opportunity to go play somewhere else, and you never now. In this business, you could be coming right back.”