ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Chiefs are likely without a second-year defensive back for an undetermined time.
“Sanders Commings is having surgery today on his ankle,” coach Andy Reid said after Thursday’s practice. “We’ll have further information for you later.”
Reid didn’t offer a timetable for Commings’ return, but offered specifics on the injury.
“Normally if you break a bone,” Reid said, “normally it takes a while.”
The 24-year-old Commings, who started training camp on the non-football injury list with a foot strain, returned to the practice field Wednesday.
He hurt his right ankle late in Wednesday’s practice after attempting to tackle running back Jamaal Charles.
Commings slammed his right fist into the ground before trainers reached him and took him the medical tent. Trainers loaded Commings on a cart after taping his right ankle area.
The Chiefs selected Commings in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Georgia.
The former Bulldog suffered a collarbone injury the first week of 2013 training camp and eventually landed on injured reserve with a designation to return.
The Chiefs activated Commings in Week 10. He appeared in two games before aggravating his shoulder injury and landing on season-ending injured reserve in Week 13.
Commings participated without limitations during organized team activities and minicamp.
He was set to battle Husain Abdullah for the starting free safety job. The Chiefs also have free safety Malcolm Bronson, and strong safeties Jerron McMillian and rookie Daniel Sorensen on the roster.
Berry gives a scare
All-Pro strong safety Eric Berry left the practice field with what appeared to be a lower right leg injury.
But Reid may have alleviated fears following Thursday’s practice.
“Berry had a sore ankle,” Reid said. “It’s not an Achilles tear or any of that, but they’re evaluating him. They’re just seeing what it is.”
With Berry out, the Chiefs rotated Jerron McMillian and rookie Daniel Sorensen during 7-on-7, 9-on-9 and 11-on-11 drills.
Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins and cornerback Marcus Cooper left practice with what Reid called “a slight hamstring.”
“They got a little practice time in,” Reid said, “most of the practice in, and they were a little tight.”