Speaking early Sunday afternoon, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid made it sound like middle linebacker Joe Mays will not return any time soon after surgery on his wrist last week.
“I don’t think it’s a short period of time,” Reid said of Mays’ absence from the field. “I don’t know exactly how long it’s going to be. He tore one of the tendons there in his wrist, so he had surgery to repair that and that could be awhile.
“I would put it in the same category if not even a little longer than a broken bone. We’ve just got to see how that works out.”
Mays injury and surgery opens the door for second-year linebacker Nico Johns,on, who started at the position in Saturday night’s pre-season game against Minnesota. Plus, outside linebacker Frank Zombo played a few snaps inside vs. the Vikings and has been practicing there for the last 10 days or so. “We’re using Frank in both areas and we started doing that up at St. Joe,” he said.
Reid also said safety Eric Berry may test his injured heel in the short practice time this week ahead of the pre-season finale against Green Bay on Thursday. “I think he will do a little bit and try it out and see how it feels,” Reid said. “I think he feels pretty good right now, but I told you that before and it kind of came back on him. We’ve tried to rest him here an extended period of time, a little longer than we have before. We’ll just see how he comes out of it.”
The status of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and his quadriceps strain was not mentioned, but given Bowe’s already known one-game NFL suspension for the regular-season opener, it’s unlikely he’ll see the practice field until his penalty time is served.
Players had the day off on Sunday and will report back Monday. They’ll have two practices before heading to Green Bay on Wednesday.