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Chiefs axe two draft picks on way to 53 players

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Kansas City Chiefs’ Junior Hemingway is seen before an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)


No big names were sent packing in Kansas City on Friday, but the team did lose the services of three 2012 draft choices.

Two of the players left at management request. Wide receiver Junior Hemingway and defensive lineman Jerome Long, both of whom were seventh-round picks, were waived as the team made its way to the 53-man limit. A third draft pick, fifth-round safety De’Quan Menzie, was placed on injured reserve.

The Chiefs also announced that quarterback Alex Tanney, an undrafted player from Monmouth (Ill.), has been placed on injured reserve. The team also waived defensive end Brandon Bair, cornerback Mikail Baker, wide receiver Josh Bellamy, center Rob Bruggeman, fullback Patrick DiMarco, cornerback Chandler Fenner, guard Darryl Harris, linebacker Gabe Miller, tackle David Mims, wide receiver Jamar Newsome, safety Terrance Parks, center Lucas Patterson, guard Rich Ranglin, cornerback Neiko Thorpe and defensive back Donald Washington.

Linebacker Leon Williams defensive lineman Amon Gordon were released and linebacker Tamba Hali is suspended for the first game of the season.