The Kansas City Chiefs reached the league-mandated roster limit of 75 this morning by releasing WR Lance Long.
Long played in seven games (one start) with Kansas City in 2009, catching 20 passes for 178 yards. The Macomb, Michigan native saw action in 26 games (seven starts) at Mississippi State, recording 46 receptions for 321 yards with one TD.
Long was originally signed to the Chiefs practice squad on September 16, 2009 and was promoted to the club’s 53-man roster on October 24, 2009. He had previously played in Arizona under Chiefs head coach Todd Haley.
There was little chance that Long made the final roster, but I’m mildly surprised that he didn’t last until this weekend’s final cuts (due by Saturday). Haley was Long’s biggest fan when he was first signed to the practice squad and then to the active roster last season.
The beginning of the end for Long was in Week 9 last year against the Jaguars. With the Chiefs down 8 in the final minute of the first half, Long had a chance to step out of bounds after catching a ball down the sideline, but instead cut inside for a couple extra yards and in the process cost the team it’s final timeout. The Chiefs ended up settling for a 56-yard field goal attempt that was missed by Ryan Succop and nearly returned for a touchdown by Jacksonville.
Long never had more than two catches in a game after that mistake and was inactive for the final three games of the season.