Chiefs QB Tyler Bray suffers neck injury

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray drops back to pass during drills at training camp July 30, 2016 in St. Joseph, Mo. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray drops back to pass during drills at training camp July 30, 2016 in St. Joseph, Mo. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray missed training camp practice Monday after suffering a neck injury during the team’s 17-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium Saturday.

Bray suffered the injury on a hit near the end of the first half, according to the team’s head athletic trainer Rex Burkholder.

“He’s got a very small chip fracture in his cervical spine, in the body of the spine, which is away from the spinal cord,” Burkholder said. “It sounds much worse than it is. We’re treating it as a sprain because it’s just like that.”

Burkholder said once his symptoms go away, he believes Bray will be able to return. He said Bray has a stiff neck.

Bray had X-rays and an MRI performed and saw two orthopedic surgeons on Sunday, Burkholder said. He also consulted with the team’s neurosurgeon.

“We’ll monitor him day-to-day up here and see how he does,” Burkholder said. “There’s no real timetable on when he will return, but we think he’ll be fine to return.

Bray appears to have suffered the injury on the next-to-last play of the first half. Seattle defensive end Frank Clark was flagged for roughing the passer on the hit. Bray remained in the game for the half’s final play, a 23-yard completion to De’Anthony Thomas.

Running back Charcandrick West also sat out practice Monday after suffering an elbow injury during Saturday’s game. Burkholder indicated West is day-to-day. West worked out on the sideline wearing and elbow brace.

“He’s got a mild elbow strain and a mild elbow sprain,” Burkholder said.

Linebacker Josh Mauga continues to rehab a groin injury and did not practice. Frank Zombo missed practice for personal matters.

Running back Jamaal Charles and linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston remain on the physically unable to perform list.

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