Andy Reid helped to clarify what exactly happened to safety Steven Terrell when he spoke to the media on Tuesday after the player was mysteriously placed on IR.
It was a bit of a mystery when the transaction first came across the NFL wire. Steven Terell had not only just played the game of his life and helped the Kansas City Chiefs earn their first win since late October, but head coach Andy Reid even said there were no injuries to speak of after the game was over.
Then suddenly, the Chiefs had decided to place Terrell on injured reserve.
On Tuesday, when speaking with the media, Reid was able to help clarify exactly what happened to Terrell and why it necessitated placing the safety on injured reserve.
"Steven had a dislocated finger that needed surgery on it and repaired. So a tendon repair on it."
Terrell was a late addition in the preseason, signed by Brett Veach for veteran depth and special teams play. He had played in 32 total games, even starting five of them, for the Seattle Seahawks over the previous three seasons. In the end, he made the Chiefs active roster and started showing up well on special teams coverage units.
Terrell looked excellent in coverage against the Raiders on Sunday, coming up with a huge hit on tight end Clive Walford (that actually later showed a concussion for Walford) and then sealing the win with his first ever interception late in the game as Derek Carr was driving down the field.
Terrell’s future with the team is now uncertain as he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018. His final game certainly gives his agent some great tape to send around to other teams, but maybe the relationship here is strong enough to bring Terrell back to Kansas City next year.