What the Kansas City Chiefs are saying about Willie Gay’s playing status for Sunday

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Jill Toyoshiba/jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com

The Kansas City Chiefs said they are aware second-year linebacker Willie Gay was arrested late Wednesday in Overland Park and charged with criminal damage to property, but they are providing no further comment.

The same goes for his playing status Sunday, when the Chiefs face the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid typically speaks to the media on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, paving way for his coordinators to speak on Thursdays.

On this Thursday, asked if he expected to have Gay as part of his defense Sunday against the Bills, coordinator Steve Spagnuolo replied, “I really don’t know. I’ll leave that up to Andy. I’m sure he’ll address it.”

On how the team is preparing, Spagnuolo added, “If this happened in the game and it was an injury, we’d just operate it that way. But we’ll see what happens.”

Gay, 23, has a court date scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday. He is charged with one count of misdemeanor damage to property at an Overland Park apartment complex, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.

The damage is to a vacuum, cell phone screen, wall/door frame and a humidifier, and it totals $225, according an Overland Park Police Department offense report.

In his second season with the Chiefs after joining them via the 2020 NFL Draft, Gay has started 11 games and totaled 48 tackles.

“All I can say about Willie is I love working with him,” Spagnuolo said. “He’s been terrific. I think you guys know he had a baby. I talk to him about that a lot. Hopefully things will work out for the best for everybody.”

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