Chiefs sign LB Josh Keyes to practice squad, bring back WR Fred Williams

Aug. 24, 2015; Tampa, FL; Buccaneers linebacker Josh Keyes (49) on the sidelines during a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Aug. 24, 2015; Tampa, FL; Buccaneers linebacker Josh Keyes (49) on the sidelines during a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs on Tuesday tweaked the practice squad at the linebacker position.

Kansas City signed rookie linebacker Josh Keyes to the practice squad, a source familiar with the transaction confirmed Tuesday afternoon with ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs haven’t announced the signing.

Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star was the first to report Keyes’ signing.

For his part, Keyes took to social media to tweet his signing and posted a photo of his locker on his Instagram page.

The 6-2, 223-pound Keyes entered the league in May as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Keyes opened the season on the Buccaneers practice squad before being waived on Sept. 24.

While at Boston College, Keyes appeared in 42 games (15 starts), totaling 121 tackles, 7 ½ sacks and two forced fumbles.

Keyes takes the practice squad roster spot left vacant by linebacker Jayson DiManche.

DiManche, who joined the Chiefs practice squad on Oct. 13, signed with the Cleveland Browns active 53-man roster, the Browns announced Tuesday morning.

Also of note, the Chiefs brought back wide receiver Fred Williams to the practice squad and terminated the contract of wide receiver Kenny Cook, according to Monday’s NFL Transactions report.

The Chiefs waived the 6-0, 190-pound Williams on Oct. 1 in favor of the 6-4, 218-pound Cook. Williams led the Chiefs in the preseason with 15 catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns.

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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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