Chiefs cut four, including CB Surtain, LB Edwards and QB Huard

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three often-injured veterans who hardly played last season were cut loose by the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday.

The Chiefs announced on their Web site that they terminated the contracts of linebacker Donnie Edwards, quarterback Damon Huard and cornerback Patrick Surtain. None of the three played much during the 2-14 season of 2008, and all were expected to be gone soon.

The moves were made without comment by Scott Pioli, the Chiefs' new general manager, or new head coach Todd Haley.

The Chiefs also said they waived tight end Michael Merritt, who didn't play in a game as a rookie in 2008.

Edwards, 35, was a fourth-round draft pick by Kansas City in 1996 and led the Chiefs in tackles for four years. He was allowed to sign a free-agent contract with the San Diego Chargers, but he rejoined the Chiefs as an unrestricted free agent in 2007. He played in only seven games this past season and had 34 tackles.

Huard, 35, spent his career as a backup to some of the game's best quarterbacks, including Dan Marino in Miami and Tom Brady in New England. Huard was with the Chiefs the past five years, but injuries caused him to miss the last 11 games of 2008.

Surtain, 32, appeared in only eight games in 2008 and totaled 11 tackles.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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