The injury to Sanders Commings is indeed serious. KC Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told us today that Commings is having surgery on the ankle, which he injured Wednesday at Chiefs camp. On Friday the Chiefs updated that injury as a broken fibula as well.
There is no timetable on his return. But something that requires surgery often leaves you out for weeks or months, not just days. It should be an extended period. Reid indicated it was a broken bone.
The play in question came on Thursday when Jamaal Charles put a juke on several defenders, including Commings, who hit the ground after making a cut. He slammed his hand on the ground and looked upset when the injury happened, which is a good sign it's a serious one.
This is a tough, tough blow for the Chiefs, who were counting on Commings this year. He was the third safety following Eric Berry (who was also hurt on Thursday) and Husain Abdullah. That extra safety work is now up for grabs between players such as Jerron McMillian, Daniel Sorensen and Malcolm Bronson. The Chiefs could move Abdullah or Berry around to compensate for the injury.
Commings was a fifth round pick for the Chiefs last year. On the first day of last year's training camp, Commings broke his collarbone, which kept him out for essentially the entire season (minus a brief appearance in the Denver game).