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Will Tyler Bray be ready for training camp? Chiefs don't know yet

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Bray tore his ACL sometime in late December or early January but his return date is not yet known.

"He is obviously not ready to go or he'd be here, but he is recovering," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said from Thursday's OTAs, via quotes from the Chiefs.

Bray, who is working out on his own and not participating in the Chiefs OTAs, has tweeted several times in the past few weeks about the progress with his knee.

May 15: "Ran on 70% of my body weight today. Knee feels great ready to get back to playing."

May 18: "Started running with 75% body weight and finished the last two minutes on 80%. Knee feels great another step closer."

May 20: "Ran today with majority of the time on 85-90% then finished the last minute on 95% of my body weight. Another step closer to being back."

May 27: "Finally reached 100%. Ran for 4 minutes which isn't long, but it's a start."

(Note that he says he is running on 100 percent of his body weight, not that his knee is 100 percent. Obviously a big difference between the two.)

Asked specifically whether Bray would be ready for training camp, Reid said: "We'll see on that. I don't have enough information for you on that right now, but we'll see how it goes. He is on schedule."

Bray had surgery on the knee sometime in late January and training camp will start in late July so that's about six months. I'm no doctor but that seems like an aggressive return date. The season doesn't actually start until September that would be closer to eight months after surgery. The Chiefs would need time to evaluate him heading into his third season given the Chiefs already have Chase Daniel and Aaron Murray backing up Alex Smith and most teams don't carry more than three quarterbacks. I

The Chiefs carried Bray on the 53-man roster throughout his 2013 rookie season. He was (conveniently?) injured and placed on IR entering his second season. It was that year that Reid thought Bray was the most improved player in training camp. Now we await his fate for year three.

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