There are many thoughts that come to mind when people talk about training camp. For many people it just means that their beloved sport of football is about to be back in full swing, some it means they can catch up on players for their fantasy draft, and others it’s all about the injuries. Football fans know that with the hard training done in camp, injuries often suffered in games can surface. There have already been multiple players around the league that have suffered season ending injuries before preseason game one is in the books. Kansas City Chiefs fans are no exception to that.
Safety Sanders Commings was on the wrong end of a hard hit in the first practice of training camp last year that resulted in a broken collar bone. That injury caused Commings to miss the first 9 games of the regular season last year. Fans finally got to see what he was made of when the Chiefs traveled to Denver on November 17 to take on the Broncos. Commings recorded one solo tackle in that loss. He also played the following week at Arrowhead against San Diego. He did not put up any stats against the Chargers. On November 30, Commings was placed back on IR with a shoulder injury. Fans did not see him take the field the rest of last season.
After the loss of Brandon Flowers and Sean Smith being penalized, there have been several eyes on the secondary defense. Commings is a big, young defender that could cause some damage to opponents. As training camp went underway, fans did not see Commings practice. The reason? He was suffering from a foot strain. Finally, fans were able to see Commings and Donald Stephenson take the field for practice. In true injury prone player fashion, fans were also able to see Commings carted off the field with an apparent ankle injury after Charles juked him right out of his shoes.
This leaves fans wondering; can Commings stay healthy? It’s hard to believe a 24 year old, 6’0″, and 223 pound man would have such a difficult time staying off IR. Looking back at his time at Georgia there were concerns during the 2013 draft about his inability to stay healthy. For example, when he first arrived at Georgia he was forced to redshirt because he had a cracked fibula.
Why should fans not give up on him yet? Well during Commings fits right in to the kind of defense John Dorsey is fan of and Bob Sutton is turning into a reality. Commings is big and tough. When he played cornerback in Georgia he was known to bump players off their routes and is extremely physical in his playing. He also has a background in baseball so his hand coordination is a huge perk. Despite his injuries, his footwork was an area that could use some work to make him an more impressive player.
It is concerning that a rookie would spend his first season on the bench for 14 games. It also seems to be getting worse by receiving an injury on his first day at training camp. At this point, Commings does not seem like a reliable player the Chiefs can build their defense around. Fans may as well get used to another season of not watching Commings play because 2014 is shaping up to look a lot like 2013.