Aug 23, 2014; Kansas City, MO; Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray (9) in action at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, Mo – Second-year quarterback Tyler Bray joined a growing list of currently injured Chiefs players ahead of the start of the regular season.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid revealed during Friday afternoon’s media conference call Bray suffered ankle and knee injuries during Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Green Bay Packers.
“He got banged up a little bit last night,” Reid said. “I’m hoping he’s OK.”
Reid indicated he was unsure if Bray would’ve been able to play in a game with the injuries.
“I don’t know if he could’ve,” Reid said. “His ankle was the thing that might have hindered him on that, then his knee got swollen up there a little bit after the game. So I don’t know that.”
Bray’s injuries, depending on severity, carry significance because the Chiefs currently have four quarterbacks on the roster: Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, rookie Aaron Murray and Bray.
Of course, the Chiefs could lean to keeping all four signal callers when the final 53-man roster is set by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.
But Reid said he doesn’t believe he’s ever done that as a head coach.
“I can’t tell you I have,” he said. “I think the four of these kids are good players. I don’t think we saw the best of them last night. We probably didn’t play the best we could play at that position. I think all four of them have talent.”
Reid also complimented Bray’s skill set and improvement from the 2013 season.
“He obviously has a big arm,” Reid said. “I think if you took one player and you just said, ‘Who’s improved and changed himself I think physically and mentally last year the most,’ you probably have to put Tyler in that mix. From where he was to where he is now, there’s a big difference.”
Bray finished Thursday night’s game completing 8-of-15 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown against an interception. He ended the preseason completing 19-of-32 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns against two interceptions.
The second-year signal caller is among six players from Thursday night to suffer injuries, including wide receivers A.J. Jenkins (concussion) and Kyle Williams (shoulder), cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke (ankle), defensive lineman Vance Walker (hand) and inside linebacker Nico Johnson (quad).