Chiefs bring back rookie CB Kenneth Penny

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A player familiar with the Chiefs’ defensive scheme returned to fill an open roster spot ahead of training camp.

Nov. 2, 2013; Las Vegas; UNLV defensive back Kenneth Penny (17) defends against San Jose State wide receiver Kyle Nunn (19) at Sam Boyd Stadium. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Nov. 2, 2013; Las Vegas; UNLV defensive back Kenneth Penny (17) defends against San Jose State wide receiver Kyle Nunn (19) at Sam Boyd Stadium. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The Chiefs signed rookie cornerback Kenneth Penny, according to Tuesday’s NFL Transaction report.

Penny attended college at UNLV, where he appeared in 31 games and totaled 113 tackles (77 solo), an interception and 32 passes defensed. He clocked a 4.57 40-yard dash at UNLV’s Pro Day workout on March 12.

The 5-11, 173-pound Penny, a native of Lancaster, Texas, attended the Chiefs rookie minicamp in May and mandatory minicamp in June on a tryout basis.

The Chiefs signed Penny to a contract following mandatory minicamp, but waived him on July 10 in a corresponding move with the signing of rookie cornerback Kevin Short, who went undrafted during the NFL Supplemental Draft.

A roster spot became available after the Chiefs waived rookie cornerback Justin Cox on July 21 following Cox’s arrest and charges of domestic violence, burglary and trespassing.

The Chiefs currently have 10 cornerbacks on the roster: Penny, Short, Sean Smith, Phillip Gaines, Jamell Fleming, Marcus Peters, Steven Nelson, Marcus Cooper, Aaron Hester and Deji Olatoye.

Penny’s signing returns the Chiefs’ offseason roster to 90 players ahead of Saturday’s first full training camp practice in St. Joseph, Mo.

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Herbie Teope is the lead beat writer and reporter for ChiefsDigest.com. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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