Chiefs OTAs: De’Vante Bausby breaks collarbone

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The Kansas City Chiefs were sailing along through their OTA sessions without any serious injuries, and then Tuesday happened. Unfortunately, rookie cornerback and local kid DeVante Bausby broke his collarbone and will be out an unspecified amount of time, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com.

Typically, collarbone breaks take approximately two months to heal completely. If you recall, Nick Foles broke his collarbone halfway through the season last year and was not able to return. Aaron Rodgers also broke his collarbone in 2013 and missed most of November and December before coming back and leading the Green Bay Packers to a NFC North title.

For argument’s sake, lets say Bausby misses a full eight weeks. He would basically be returning at the beginning of August, only missing about a week of training camp. While the injury is a tough pill to swallow for someone already on the fringe of making the roster as an undrafted-free agent, it is better for this to happen now than in the beginning of July.

Bausby has a tough challenge ahead of him regardless with a loaded secondary. Sean Smith, Steven Nelson, Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines are all assured of spots. After that, it will be Bausby, Marcus Cooper and Jamell Fleming trying to win the last couple of spots. Considering Bausby has no experience in the system or the NFL for that matter, he will clearly be better than the others to win a job.

Hopefully, Bausby can make a quick and full recovery and get back on the field for the start of training camp. Again, I’m no doctor, but recent collarbone injuries are giving us a timetable to work from. If the break was clean and maybe not all the way through, perhaps Bausby can come back sooner than anticipated.