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Top Willie Gay Jr. News

  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Eight stops during SNF

    Gay registered eight tackles (four solo), one pass deflection and a half-sack during Sunday's 22-9 win over the Broncos.

    Coming off the bye week, Gay registered his most tackles in a game since Week 8. The second-year linebacker hasn't been a consistent fantasy producer this season, but he's shown flashes of being a disruptive player. On the season, he's totaled 33 tackles, three pass deflections, two interceptions and a half-sack across eight appearances.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Back at practice

    Gay (illness) was able to practice fully for the Chiefs on Wednesday.

    Gay suffered a stomach illness near the end of the Chiefs' Week 10 win over the Raiders. The linebacker is expected to be good to go for Sunday's Week 11 contest with the Cowboys.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Dealing with stomach illness

    Gay emerged from Sunday's win over the Raiders battling a stomach illness, per coach Andy Reid, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

    Gay will presumably be good to go by the time the Chiefs face the Cowboys in Week 11, but further clarification on his status should arrive when Kansas City resumes practicing Wednesday. He had four tackles (one solo) in the 41-14 win over Vegas.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Will play Sunday night

    Gay (toe) is active for Sunday night's game against the Bills, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

    Gay's return was evident when he was activated from injured reserve Saturday. He'll resume his usual role at linebacker, though he may not play full time as he gets back up to speed.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Returns from IR

    Gay was activated from injured reserve Saturday.

    The linebacker has yet to appear in a game this season while nursing a toe injury. He is still deemed questionable for Sunday night's matchup versus the Bills. Gay made 39 tackles and one sack while forcing a fumble in 2020.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Receives return designation

    Gay (toe) was designated to return from injured reserve Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Gay has spent the first four weeks of the season on injured reserve but can now resume practicing. He'll have a 21-day window where he can be activated before reverting to injured reserve for the rest of 2021.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Close to returning from IR

    Coach Andy Reid said Monday that "there's a chance" Gay (toe) could be activated from injured reserve this week, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Reid said that Gay is starting to feel better, but he wasn't ready to make any definitive statements about his activation. Ben Niemann (head) may be unavailable, so the Chiefs could certainly use the 23-year-old linebacker against the Bills this week. Gay has yet to make his 2021 debut.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Moves to injured reserve

    Gay (toe) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Charles Goldman of USA Today reports.

    Gay suffered the injury during the preseason finale against the Vikings and will miss at least the first three games of the season. The 2020 second-round pick recorded 39 tackles (29 solo), one sack and one forced fumble in 16 games as a rookie last season.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Enters concussion protocol

    Gay entered the concussion protocol after he exited Wednesday's practice with a head injury, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

    While Kansas City doesn't expect Gay to miss significant time, he'll need to clear several benchmarks before he's allowed to return to practice. The team plans to be careful with the linebacker in the coming days to avoid rushing him back, and it's not yet clear whether the issue will impact his availability for the preseason opener against the 49ers on Aug. 14.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Suffers possible concussion

    Gay (head) exited Wednesday's practice early to be evaluated for a concussion, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

    If Gay is diagnosed with a concussion, he will enter the league's protocol for such injuries and have to clear a number of steps before returning to practice in full. The second-year pro has already fully recovered from January surgery undergone to repair a torn meniscus.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Back to full health

    Gay (knee) said Thursday that he's back to 100 percent healthy, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.

    The Mississippi State product underwent surgery Jan. 29 to repair a torn meniscus, so the fact that he is already back to full strength is a positive sign. Gay had a strong season in his first NFL campaign, recording 39 tackles (29 solo) and a sack while playing all 16 games. Now healthy, look for Gay to handle a starting role at linebacker for the Chiefs in 2021.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Lands on injured reserve

    Gay (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

    The 23-year-old underwent surgery on a torn meniscus last week, so he already was ruled out for the Super Bowl. Gay should have plenty of time to recover in time for the 2021 season. Darius Harris should have an increased defensive role for the Chiefs in his absence.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Out after meniscus surgery

    Gay (knee) has undergone surgery to address a torn meniscus and will miss the Super Bowl versus Tampa Bay, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.

    Gay is reportedly facing a four-month recovery timetable, which would put him on track for the start of the 2021 season and a fair amount of tentative offseason activities. The rookie second-round pick's absence should position Darius Harris for an increased role versus the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Ruled out again

    Gay (ankle) is ruled out for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bills.

    Gay still has yet to resume practicing since suffering an ankle injury against the Chargers in Week 17. Darius Harris stands to once again handle an increased defensive role with Gay sidelined.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Won't play Sunday

    Gay (ankle) is ruled out for Sunday's AFC divisional-round matchup against the Browns, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Gay remains sidelined due to a left ankle sprain sustained during Kansas City's regular-season finale against the Chargers. With the rookie second-round pick out, Darius Harris could handle a substantial defensive role against the Browns.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Nursing ankle sprain

    Gay suffered a left ankle sprain during Sunday's 38-21 loss to the Chargers, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

    Gay was quickly ruled out to return to Sunday's contest upon being injured, which could be a bad sign for the severity of the injury. With the Chiefs having secured a bye to begin the playoffs, however, the rookie second-round pick will at least benefit from an additional week to recover.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Officially out

    Gay (leg) will not return to Sunday's game.

    Gay is officially listed as out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. The extent of the linebacker's leg injury is still unknown, but it is likely Darius Harris will take over his duties. Gay has registered 38 tackles (28 solo) and one sack this season.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Questionable to return

    Gay left Sunday's game due to a leg injury.

    While the extent of issue is unclear at this time, Gay is questionable to return after getting injured at the end of the first quarter. It's unclear whether it was Gay's ankle or leg that was injured, but Darius Harris likely will take over Gay's linebacker duties if the 22-year-old is unable to return.

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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Rings up nine stops

    Gay posted nine tackles and a forced fumble in Sunday's 17-14 win over the Falcons.

    Gay logged season highs in tackles and defensive snaps (49), adding the first forced fumble of his career as well. The rookie second-round pick out of Mississippi State has been an inconsistent fantasy contributor this season with just 38 tackles over 15 games.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 243 lbs
Birthplace: Starkville, MS
Age: 23
Class: Sophomore