Chiefs injury report: Kerwynn Williams, Jimmy Murray injured vs. Texans

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 31: Running back Kerwynn Williams
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 31: Running back Kerwynn Williams /

The Kansas City Chiefs largely walked away healthy from their first preseason game, but that doesn’t mean some players aren’t hurting on Friday.

After the first preseason game, the Kansas City Chiefs are relatively healthy compared to other NFL franchises and even some players who have been hurt in recent weeks showed up to play in the opener against the Houston Texans. However, the Chiefs aren’t without their injuries and a few players are left hurting on Friday morning.

The biggest injury likely belongs to Jimmy Murray, an undrafted free agent offensive lineman out of Holy Cross hoping to make the roster or practice squad with a strong spring/summer showing. The Chiefs brought him in for a pre-draft visit and ended up signing him after the draft, and while each UDFA is a longshot, the Chiefs haven’t exactly been investing much up front in the last two drafts, giving a young player like Murray a decent enough shot at sticking.

Andy Reid said Murray has a left knee injury and that much was clear during the broadcast as he was attended to by trainers. He’s likely to miss some time, although how much is unknown.

It’s here that we should also note that Ethan Cooper suffered a left shoulder injury, per Andy Reid, but the offensive lineman was also able to go back in and play some more for the Chiefs. Cooper was the newest addition to the roster after the team placed backup center Tejan Koroma on injured reserve—another rookie free agent. With Murray, Cooper and Koroma all injured, the battle for backup line spots along the offensive front is thinning out a bit.

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Running back Kerwynn Williams was also among the injured on Thursday night as he left the game with a head injury. It’s uncertain if he has a concussion, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s in the protocol to check and be safe. Williams is competing for a returner/running back role a la Akeem Hunt in 2017 with the Chiefs after spending the last four years with the Arizona Cardinals.