Kansas City Chiefs fans suffered another day of training camp injury scares in the secondary today. One of the most exciting defenders to watch last season, strong saftey Eric Berry, was taken off the field with a right leg injury. Andy Reid set to calm the worries of fans by saying, “Berry had a sore ankle. It’s not an Achilles tear or anything like that, but they’re evaluating. They’re just seeing what it is.”
Fans can let out a sigh of relief because the odds are still high that Berry didn’t suffer a season ending injury. I know I haven’t recovered from losing three players in 2012 to ACL tears. I feel a panic whenever a player is carted away with an ominous leg injury. It’s a good day when the coach describes it as just being sore.
The injuries are still there though. Sanders Commings has a broken ankle and will undergo surgery. Cornerback Marcus Cooper left today’s practice with hamstring tightness. It feels as if the secondary defense is dropping like flies in Missouri. With these injuries Sean Smith was able to step in and get some practice with first string by replacing Cooper. Rookie free agent Daniel Sorensen replaced Berry when practice began. It’s important to note when Berry dislocated his finger last week, veteran Jerrod McMillian played at safety.
These injuries have led the Chiefs to sign former New England Patriots safety Steve Gregory to help with the dilapidated secondary. Gregory played six season in San Diego before landing in New England for the last two. During those two season in New England, he started 23 games combined at safety. With Gregory being 31 he did have some injury issues last season and was replaced by rookie Duron Harmon which led to his release from the Patriots in February. However it is important to note that, according to Pro Football Focus, he was ranked in the league’s top 30 safeties in both seasons as a Patriot. Adding some veteran experience could be just was the defense needs.
When injuries occur in training camp it feels worrisome for fans so looking ahead to August 7 when the Chiefs will play the Cincinnati Bengals can ease those nerves. It is important to note that the Chiefs aren’t alone in their injury prone, young player. The Bengals have Dre Kirkpatrick hurt again this season in training camp with a hamstring injury. It doesn’t appear to be anything ending, but it still causes the fans to ask the same questions Chiefs fans are asking of Commings.
The Bengals also finished 2013 season 11-5, but were first place in the AFC North. They also lost in their wildcard game against the Chargers 27-10. The Bengals have a young roster, much like the Chiefs. It will be a solid first match up for fans to see what two promising teams with high expectations entering the 2014 season look like in preseason.