The Kansas City Chiefs held practice on Tuesday ahead of the expected 3 p.m. 53-man roster cutdown, but linebacker Willie Gay Jr. was not on the field. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid provided a full team injury update after the workout.
“Willie Gay’s really the only new one,” noted the head coach. “He hurt his toe in the game (against the Minnesota Vikings), so he didn’t go [Tuesday]. We’ll just see how he does here the next couple of days.
“Frank Clark did a little bit [Tuesday] and Austin Blythe, again, he did not practice [Tuesday].”
Clark is continuing to deal with a hamstring injury, and Blythe is recovering from sports hernia surgery. Reid did not mention running backs Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams, or cornerback Rashad Fenton — which is likely to be a good sign for their upcoming availability.
Reid later clarified the timetable for Gay as the Chiefs look forward to Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.
There's initial optimism that Willie Gay's toe injury isn't serious, I'm told, but that can be a tricky injury. The next few days or week will reveal more as he receives treatment.— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) August 31, 2021
“I think the next few days here, or week or so will tell us,” said Reid. “We’ll just see where we’re at with it. Those things are sensitive. Like I said, we’ll play it by ear and see how he does.”
The Chiefs’ initial injury report for their game with the Browns will be filed next Wednesday. The team will have to officially list Gay as a full, limited or non-participant at practice.