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Rico Richardson released by K.C. Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Natchez High School and Jackson State standout receiver was released by the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday.

The move came as part of a series of moves that the Chiefs used to reach the 53-man roster limit by the NFL’s deadline.

Richardson could not be reached for comment Saturday.

The Chiefs had to clear 22 players to reach the roster maximum, which meant cutting 20 others by the deadline. Among those also being let go was running back Shaun Draughn, safety Tysyn Hartman and wide receiver Josh Bellamy, all of whom were in close competitions for jobs, along with Richardson.

After those moves were complete, the Chiefs traded linebacker Edgar Jones to the Dallas Cowboys for an undisclosed draft pick, leaving them with an open roster spot.