Football is back! Thank Deity and all his (or her) friends.
We went through some house keeping notes earlier in the day before practice started, all of those things can be read here. The following are four notes from the first training camp practice of the year.
1. Sanders Commings, Rokevious Watkins On Non-Football Injury List
Both Commings and Watkins are coming into camp injured after suffering injuries while training in the weeks leading up to camp. Commings has a non-serious hamstring issue while Watkins is dealing with a back problem. It should also be noted Watkins will be suspended to start the season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Sanders Commings did not practice with a hamstring injury. Rok Watkins has a back injury.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) July 24, 2014
The placement of the two players on the NFI list means that if neither were able to recover from their injuries before the start of the season then the Chiefs could still keep their rights without them counting on the final 53-man roster. Think of it as a PUP list only for injuries that were suffered away from the football field.
It is said Commings injury isn’t serious but it is concerning he already on the sidelines dealing with an issue. Kansas City needs him to be healthy as they do not have much depth behind Husain Abdullah and Eric Berry at safety. Commings has the tools to be very good in one-deep role but it won’t mean anything if he can never get on the field. Here’s to hoping the injury heals quickly.
One player who could benefit from Commings’ absence is Daniel Sorensen, who is fighting for one of the last spots in the secondary. The extra reps plus the growing need for help in the secondary could put Sorensen in an excellent spot to make the team as an undrafted rookie.