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Chiefs release veteran running back Cyrus Gray

Cyrus Gray scored a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins and cornerback Will Davis last September.
Cyrus Gray scored a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins and cornerback Will Davis last September. The Associated Press

Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced Wednesday at training camp that the team had released running back Cyrus Gray.

The Chiefs drafted Gray, 25, in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of Texas A&M.

In his career, Gray rushed 24 times for 99 yards and a touchdown. He also caught nine passes for 64 yards. Gray ran the ball eight times for 31 yards and a touchdown in 2014.

Gray, however, has served as a valuable member of the Chiefs’ special teams units. His 2014 season was cut short last November when he tore his ACL against the Buffalo Bills.

Gray tweeted a statement on Wednesday:

“I am truly blessed and honored to have played for a 1st class organization as the Chiefs! I want to say thank you Clark Hunt, Andy Reid and John Dorsey for giving me the opportunity to compete at a high level and along the way make great friendships and brother hood. I have grown so much in the Few years as a Man and I understand life a lot differently. Never played the game for money or fame. I play because I love it and I get a thrill running out on Arrowhead! Thank you ChiefsKingdom for always having my back. Also thank you Coach EB for blessing me with your faith and knowledge! Chiefs 4 life!”

Gray’s release brings the Chiefs’ roster to 89, one short of the offseason roster maximum.

A number of big-name veterans remain available — such as former Philadelphia guard Evan Mathis, former Packers receiver James Jones and former Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne — but on Tuesday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid was asked if he anticipated any big-name being brought in during camp.

“I don’t think there are any surprises coming in, no,” Reid said.

The Chiefs now have four running backs on the roster in Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Charcandrick West and Keshawn Hill. Fullback Spencer Ware played running back in college, however, and receiver De’Anthony Thomas was listed as a running back a year ago, when he was named the team’s rookie of the year.

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