Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray is out indefinitely with a broken vertebrae.
Since signing Nick Foles on Aug. 3, there is considerable speculation on how the Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid will use five active quarterbacks. Apparently, those problems no longer exist. On Monday, it was revealed Bray sustained a chipped vertebrae in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
It remains unclear when Brady will return to the field, according to trainer Rick Burkholder. Burkholder did emphasize this isn’t a long-term situation, and is treating the injury as a sprain. For now, the Chiefs are rolling with the more traditional four quarterbacks in camp. Alex Smith, Foles, Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan taking snaps in that order.
One wonders if the Chiefs will put Bray on Injured Reserve in hopes of keeping all five quarterbacks. Kansas City will have Smith and Foles on the roster come Week 1, along with Murray should Bray remain injured. Hogan could then be stashed on the practice squad, provided no other team is willing to put him on an active roster.
Ultimately, Bray will not going to see any playing time this year regardless of his injury unless a disaster unfolds above him on the depth chart. Bray is a developmental prospect who is signed through next season, so there is not much urgency to trot him onto the field. Bray has a cannon for an arm but his decisions and accuracy still need plenty of help.
Kansas City’s next game is against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night. The Rams opened their slate against the Dallas Cowboys last weekend, losing their debut. It was the first NFL game played in Los Angeles since 1994.