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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Chiefs add to the roster

By Bill Williamson

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Chiefs, as they often have this season, made some roster moves Wednesday.

They added running back Jackie Battle, linebacker Curtis Gatewood and defensive end Andy Studebaker to the 53-man roster. Defensive tackle Antwon Burton was signed to the practice squad.

Here, courtesy of the Chiefs' PR staff, is a look at each player who was added Wednesday:

Battle (6-2, 238) originally joined the Chiefs a year ago as a member of the team's practice squad before being promoted to the 53-man roster for the final three contests of 2007. He has seen action in six NFL games, recording 14 carries for 47 yards (3.4 avg.) while adding a TD on his first NFL carry. Battle originally entered the NFL with Dallas as a rookie free agent in 2007, but was released prior to the start of the regular season.

Battle finished his career at the University of Houston with a school-record 31 rushing TDs. In 41 collegiate games, Battle tallied 441 carries for 2,120 yards (4.8 avg.) with 31 TDs. He also added six receptions for 45 yards (7.5 avg.) with the Cougars. Battle prepped at Humble High School in Humble, Texas.

Burton (6-2, 308) has seen duty in seven NFL contests over the last two seasons with Denver, tallying nine tackles (five solo). He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Denver in 2006, spending time on the Broncos practice squad before joining the 53-man roster for the final eight games of the 2006 season. Burton saw his most extensive NFL action a season ago, appearing in six contests and registering eight tackles (five solo) before spending the final seven weeks of 2007 on Denver's developmental squad. He attended training camp with Cincinnati in 2008, but was released prior to the start of the regular season.

The Cheektowaga, New York native played two seasons at Temple after beginning his collegiate career at Erie Community College in Orchard Park, New York. He totaled 66 tackles, five stops for loss, three forced fumbles and four fumbled recoveries as a senior for the Owls, earning an appearance in the East-West Shrine Game. Burton attended Cleveland Hills High School in Cheektowaga, New York.

Gatewood (6-2, 248) signed with Washington as a rookie free agent out of Vanderbilt in 2008. He appeared in three preseason contests with the Redskins before being released. He has spent nine weeks on Washington's practice squad this season.

The Memphis, Tennessee native played in 47 games (24 starts) and tallied 110 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks in his four-year career at Vanderbilt. Gatewood was a Class 5A first team all-region selection and defensive MVP as a prep at White Station High School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Studebaker (6-3, 248) was the third of Philadelphia's three sixth-round draft choices (203rd overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Wheaton College (IL) product spent the last 11 weeks on Philadelphia's practice squad. He appeared in all four of the Eagles preseason tilts and, but was released prior to the start of the regular season.

The Congreville, Illinois native was a NCAA Division III All-America selection at Wheaton College and tallied an NCAA-best 17.5 sacks during his junior season. He finished his career after playing in 28 games (23 starts) and registering 111 tackles, 30.0 sacks, four fumble recoveries, 14 passes defensed and 25 QB pressures. Studebaker prepped at Eureka High School where he was an all-conference tight end and defensive end.