Chiefs elevate C Daniel Munyer to active roster, sign LB Orie Lemon to practice squad

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs are back to a 53-man roster after ending the season with 52 players following the placement of wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas on the non-football illness list.

Aug. 2, 2015; St. Joseph, MO: Chiefs center Daniel Munyer (77) blocks defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (99) as quarterback Aaron Murray (7) drops back to pass during training camp drills at Missouri Western State University. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Aug. 2, 2015; St. Joseph, MO: Chiefs center Daniel Munyer (77) blocks defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (99) as quarterback Aaron Murray (7) drops back to pass during training camp drills at Missouri Western State University. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

The Chiefs elevated rookie center Daniel Munyer from the practice squad to the active roster, a source familiar with the transaction on Tuesday informed ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs have not announced the signing.

The Chiefs later announced the signing.

This marks the second time Munyer has been elevated to the active roster. The Chiefs previously had the 6-1, 305-pound Munyer on the active roster in Week 13.

With starting rookie center Mitch Morse recovering from a concussion suffered in Week 12, Munyer was active against the Oakland Raiders, but did not log a snap.

Morse is once again dealing with a concussion, which he sustained in the season finale. The elevation of Munyer provides depth on the offensive line.

Munyer, who originally signed with the Chiefs in May as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado, was in organized team activities, training camp and preseason.

He was signed to the practice squad after the roster was trimmed to the initial 53-man roster and spent the first five weeks of the regular season on the practice squad before being waived on Oct. 13.

The Chiefs brought back Munyer on Nov. 30, waived him on Dec. 8, and then signed him to the practice squad on Dec. 9 before Tuesday’s elevation.

With the open roster spot on the practice squad, the Chiefs filled it with the signing of linebacker Orie Lemon, who previously spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 6-1, 242-pound Lemon originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State with the Dallas Cowboys. He spent time with the Chiefs during the 2013 offseason.

The Chiefs also signed tackle Reid Fragel to the practice squad on Monday, according to NFL Transaction report.

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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