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NFL roster cuts: Tyler Bray's future with the Chiefs, explained

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The Kansas City Chiefs keep finding a way to keep Tyler Bray on the team.

The Chiefs announced that Bray has been transferred to the Reserve/Non-Football Injury (NFI) list. This should sound familiar because Bray was placed on the Active/NFI list before training camp started.

Here's what today's designation means:

  • Bray remains on the Chiefs roster for the first six weeks of the season, but does not count against the 53-man limit.
  • After those first six weeks, the Chiefs have an additional six weeks to decide whether to place Bray on IR, release him or get him back to practice.
  • Once Bray starts practicing, the Chiefs have an additional three week window to add him to the 53-man roster.

So basically, the Chiefs bought themselves some time. Bray tore his ACL last December or early January (not quite sure on that timing) so I can't tell you if that injury is something that could keep him out all year.

The Chiefs kept Bray on the active roster in 2013 but he was inactive for all but one game. The Chiefs then placed him on IR in the 2014 season.