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The New England Patriots activated defensive lineman Jermaine Cunningham to the 53-man roster and signed wide receiver Kamar Aiken and defensive back Malcolm Williams from the practice squad. The team also released defensive lineman Ron Brace. … The Kansas City Chiefs put wide receiver Terrance Copper on injured reserve and elevated wide receiver Junior Hemingway from the practice squad for today’s game at Denver. … The Detroit Lions put defensive tackle Sammie Hill on injured reserve because of a foot injury and signed defensive lineman Jimmy Saddler-McQueen off the practice squad.

Ex-Steelers lineman dies

Former Pittsburgh Steelers center and coach Chuck Cherundolo has died in Florida at the age of 96.

His daughter, Pat Cherundolo, said Saturday that the former Steelers player died of heart failure on Dec. 22 in Lakeland. Cherundolo played for the Steelers in the 1940s, taking a break to serve in the Navy during World War II.

In 2007, the Steelers named him to their legends team, representing the franchise’s best players through 1970.

Cherundolo was born in Old Forge, Pa. He played football at Penn State University before beginning his professional career with the Cleveland Rams. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles for one season before joining the Steelers. Cherundolo also coached in the NFL, including many years with the Steelers.