The Kansas City Chiefs have placed second-year TE Brad Cottam on injured reserve with a back injury.
After Sunday’s game, in which Cottam had five catches, he was re-examined; X-rays revealed a cracked cervical vertebra.
There is no spinal cord damage, and Cottam has no decreased function in his extremities.
The timing couldn’t be worse for the Chiefs and Cottam, because the tight end had the best two-week stretch of his short career. He had been an unreliable receiving option earlier this year, leading the Chiefs to sign Leonard Pope and give Sean Ryan an increased presence. But with Cottam’s emergence, Ryan was used less often.
Cottam, a third-round pick in last year’s draft, has 16 catches for 183 yards in 24 career games.
Man, just when the kid was getting his feet under him and poised to finish strong heading into the postseason he’s forced out for the rest of the season. Obviously we have to assume the injury occurred when he was flipped head over feet and landed on his neck.
Go heal up Brad and get yourself ready for OTAs and Todd Haley’s conditioning test!