For the Kansas City Chiefs first practice after their preseason opener, the injury list was pretty light. There were only two new injuries on the roster. Charcandrick West is day to day with an elbow strain that Trainer Rick Burkholder said wasn’t very serious at all.
Tyler Bray, on the other hand, is a different situation. The backup quarterback suffered a chip fracture on his spine (likely do to the dirty hit he took from Frank Clark). The Chiefs say the injury isn’t that severe and Bray should be back soon. However, this is still a big deal because with Bray out, Aaron Murray now gets a lot more reps to impress the coaches with.
Frank Zombo missed practice today due to his wife giving birth to a child. He should be back later in the week. Josh Mauga remained out, still dealing with his groin injury. For Mauga, we are getting into dangerous territory. “Can’t make the club in the tub” is a saying for a reason, and the Chiefs would certainly get some cap relief by letting him go.
The Chiefs got all their players on the field during the first game, but that becomes a lot rarer in the second preseason game. Snaps are going to start coming at a premium, especially for younger guys. Unless you’re a star like Justin Houston or Jamaal Charles, being injured right now is a very big deal. There is always someone on the roster looking to take your job.
Whether that happens with any of these situations…well, we’ll know more this weekend when the Chiefs travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams. Playing time will be very important this week. Neither Bray or Mauga is in a strong spot to keep their jobs, so both need to get back out on the field as soon as possible.