Notebook: Chiefs awaiting word on safety Tyvon Branch’s foot injury

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyvon Branch, who suffered a foot injury against the Denver Broncos, underwent a computed tomography (CT) scan on his foot, coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday afternoon.

“He had a broken foot at one time – it was repaired before he got here – and he had soreness in that foot,” Reid said. “So they were going to go in and do a CT scan. He’s actually there now just to see.”

Branch, who signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs in March, missed 13 games in 2014 while as a member of the Oakland Raiders with a fractured foot.

Reid said Branch “felt a little bit better” Monday, but results of the CT scan are pending.

Branch played one defensive snap and two snaps on special teams before leaving Sunday’s game.

With Branch out of the lineup, second-year pro Daniel Sorensen saw extended playing time, playing on 38 of the 72 total defensive snaps.

Sorensen finished the game with three tackles and a pass defensed. He also played 22 snaps on special teams.


Running back/returner Knile Davis was inactive Sunday as the Chiefs shook up special teams by playing defensive back Saalim Hakim.

Reid points out Davis, who has also lost playing time on offense to running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, handled the move well.

“I think he’s handling it professionally,” Reid told reporters. “That’s all a part of this business. He’s a young guy, he’s learning and he’s got a lot of good days ahead of him so this isn’t the end of the road for Knile at all.”

Reid said Sunday he hasn’t lost faith in Davis, and the head coach re-emphasized that point Monday afternoon.

“Again, this doesn’t mean that we’ve lost interest in Knile or anything by any means,” Reid said.

Hakim, who was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster on Nov. 9, saw action as a gunner on kick coverage and played on 63 percent of the special teams snaps.

Wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas handled returner duty.


Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel, who was diagnosed in May with follicular lymphoma, announced he would retire at the end of the football season barring the hiring of a new coach.

Reid took a moment Monday to acknowledge Pinkel.

“I just want to put a quick shout out to Gary Pinkel for all of the great work he’s done at the University of Missouri,” Reid told reporters. “I’ve got to know him a little bit here and – good man.

“He’s fighting the fight here, but I know good things will happen for him. He’s done a tremendous job there, but he’s also a good guy and that’s important in this business.”

Reid spent three years as an offensive line coach at Missouri (1989-91) before Pinkel arrived at the school in 2001.


Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.