After the first preseason game, the Kansas City Chiefs are relatively healthy compared to other NFL franchises and even someplayers 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.
Murray was cut today. Definitely caught a tough break with the early injury. He did play 36 snaps Thursday which is a good sign for his health but not sure he had a chance to show enough to the Chiefs or someone else to warrant practice squad consideration.
Post by KY Crusader 75 on Sept 2, 2018 16:32:50 GMT -5
In simple terms, the practice squad consists of 10 extra spots for players to practice with an NFL team but not participate in games. The practice squad is useful for a number of reasons. First, it helps teams hold onto developmental players with upside who aren’t quite yet deserving of a spot on the 53-man roster. Second, it provides the team with extra bodies in practice. That can come in handy when injuries become a problem.
Practice squad salary Practice squad players earn a minimum of $7,600 per week, which totals $129,200 for all 17 weeks of the regular season. Note that there is no maximum practice squad salary. A team can pay a practice squad player however much they want to entice the player to stay on their practice squad. Practice squad salaries do count against a team’s cap space,
Here’s what 247 Sports wrote about Murray being on the practice squad:
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Murray (6-5, 304) had injury issues at times during the preseason but the Chiefs liked what they saw enough to bring him back to the practice squad. He joined the Chiefs as an undrafted rookie in the spring after being a two-time second-team All-Patriot League performer in college at Holy Cross. Murray played in 44 games at Holy Cross with 40 starts, but he's part of an organization that at the moment has a heavy amount of offensive linemen. Time will tell if it stays that way, but for now it seems unlikely he'll find his way to playing on Sundays in the near future.