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There were two practice squad trades involving the Kansas City Chiefs, according to the NFL’s official trade report on Tuesday.

The first was the signing of linebacker Elijah Lee by the Chicago Bears. The former Kansas State player (and Blue Springs native) was signed to the team back in March. Released during the last cut, he was then signed to the practice squad. He was then promoted to the season opener and activated to the active roster for Weeks 2 and 3.

In the five games he appeared in, Lee played almost exclusively on special teams. Now that he has been poached by the Bears, he should remain on their active roster for at least three weeks.

But it wouldn’t be surprising for Lee to return to the Chiefs next season or even the postseason, when practice squad raises are unlimited.

To fill Lee’s place on the practice squad, the Chiefs re-signed Matt Bushman. The former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback (he appeared in two Raiders games in 2021) had a strong showing in Kansas City’s preseason matchup with the Green Bay Packers, leading the Chiefs with 73 yards and two touchdowns. However, he broke his collarbone in the last period of that game. Waiver of injury designation on last reduction day, he was placed on Reserve/Injured (Injured Reserve) list the following day, then waived with injury compensation a week later.


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