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Former CCU QB makes NFL roster

Former Coastal Carolina quarterback Tyler Thigpen has made a 53-man NFL roster after all - the Kansas City Chiefs' final roster.

The Minnesota Vikings, trying to squeeze Thigpen through waivers to their practice squad, lost the former CCU star when the Chiefs claimed him at noon Sunday. By claiming him Thigpen's agent Joel Turner said Kansas City had to add Thigpen to their active roster.

Turner said the 2006 Big South Player of the Year will be third on the Kansas City depth chart behind starter Damon Huard and second-year player Brodie Croyle.

``[The Chiefs] were planning on drafting Tyler but Miami screwed the whole deal up,'' Turner said. ``They wouldn't give the compensation they wanted for a [proven player] in Trent Green.

``I think [Thigpen] will be on the field in week 8, 9, 10 … I think he'll be in the mix.''

Turner said Philadelphia was also interested in Thigpen, but drafted Kevin Kolb in the second round, limiting their flexibility in adding a quarterback.

The Vikings drafted Thigpen in the seventh round in April.

Final NFL rosters cuts were made Saturday. Former CCU safety Quinton Teal also made the final cut with the Carolina Panthers.

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