Chiefs rookie Sanders Commings fractures collarbone in first practice
The 6'0" Commings jumped to defend tight end Tony Moeaki and landed hard on one of the practice fields at Missouri Western State University, where the Chiefs are holding their training camp. Commings immediately walked off the field after the fall, and after an X-ray was taken, it was determined that he had a fractured left collarbone.
Commings wasn’t wearing shoulder pads, probably making the fall more severe. According to the CBA, players are barred from wearing them for the first three training camp practices.
By Tuesday night, the Chiefs hadn’t yet scheduled a surgery for Commings, and a team spokesman said it wasn’t known yet how long the former Westside High School and University of Georgia standout could be out. Kansas City Star’s Randy Covitz reported that Commings could miss anywhere from two to six weeks.
However, missing any amount of time in training camp, if that is the case here, can never be a good thing for a player, especially a rookie.
Commings, who has experience at both cornerback and safety while playing for the Georgia Bulldogs, was expected to provide depth to a Chiefs secondary that has undergone major changes this offseason.
The 23-year-old Commings, who was taken with the fifth-round pick out of Georgia by the Chiefs in April’s draft, was expected to be designated to a reserve role, with Brandon Flowers, Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith locked into leading roles in the secondary. Commings was also expected to compete for playing time at safety, along with Kendrick Lewis, Husain Abdullah and a few others.
But now, when Commingsis trong enough to return, he will be more likely to see some time on the special teams, while may really depend upon how late he is able to return to the field.