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Five things we learned at combine: Chiefs

INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed and heard at the NFL combine Wednesday:

1. Chiefs on the mend: Coach Andy Reid was optimistic about several players trying to overcome illness or injury. He said he texted in recent days with safety Eric Berry, who is having treatment for lymphoma in the Atlanta area. “He’s doing well,’’ Reid said. “He’s definitely heading in the right direction as far as the actual medical part of it goes. His spirit is strong.’’ On quarterback Alex Smith, who missed the season’s final game because of a lacerated spleen: “His spleen is good. He’s getting himself ready for the coming year.’’ On linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito, each of whom was lost for the season in the opener because of a ruptured Achilles tendon: “I think both of them might be in the best shape of their life right now.’’

2. Bray injured playing hoops: Reserve quarterback Tyler Bray was injured after the end of the season playing basketball, according to a source. That’s not a subject Reid was willing to discuss, though. “He was just working out, on his own,’’ Reid said. The Chiefs signed former Raiders starter Terrelle Pryor to compete for a backup spot. “He’s a young guy that has great athletic skill and ability,’’ Reid said. “We thought it would be an opportunity to see how he’s fit into the things we’re doing.’’

3. Reid on mend, too: Reid walked into his news conference at Lucas Oil Stadium with the aid of a cane. He recently had knee replacement surgery. “We have only one injury to talk about,’’ Reid said. “I had a little surgery done. I’ll be ready to go. I won’t be starting on PUP.’’

4. Chiefs will like this lineman: LSU’s La’el Collins looks like the kind of offensive lineman general manager John Dorsey and Reid prefer. They like linemen who can play several positions. That makes it easier for position changes when injuries strike. Collins, a first-round prospect, can play guard or tackle. “I don’t have any preference, left or right,’’ he said. Collins prefers to play tackle and if the Chiefs were to draft him, that’s probably where he’d play. “I just love the one-on-one matchups,’’ he said. “I just love being out there one-on-one with a guy and having my way with him all night.’’

5. Watch out for the Raiders: Oakland finished last in the AFC West in each of the past two years but might be competitive again in 2015. The Raiders have a ton of cash to spend in free agency and have committed to upgrading their facilities to make Oakland a more attractive destination to free agents. “It’s important that prospective (free agents) understand that things have changed,’’ new coach Jack Del Rio said. “Our practice fields are all being redone. Our weight room is being expanded. We have a stream room going in. There’s a freshness going on.’’