KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs did a nice job during the offseason of building depth in the secondary. Four of their top eight defensive backs were signed as free agents and a fifth, rookie Marcus Cooper, was pulled off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers.
More help might be on the way. Rookie Sanders Commings, a fifth-round draft pick from Georgia, began practicing this week after spending the first six weeks of the season on injured reserve with the designation to return. He could be moved to the active roster soon.
Commings broke his collarbone on the first practice at training camp. Before that, during offseason practice, he was getting a long look as a nickel safety.
Commings, at 6-0 and 223 pounds, has safety size but he also has cover skills. He played both cornerback and safety at various times at Georgia.
"He's a very good athlete," defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. "He has great speed. He's a thicker, big guy, so there are a lot of things he can possibly do.
"We're going to ... give him a chance to get in here and get back on the field and show us what [he] can do individually, not even talking scheme here, and then say, 'OK, our best way to utilize this guy for the last whatever many games if he's activated is at this position.'"
After missing almost three months of practice, Commings isn't likely to make much of a contribution this year. But once activated he would give the Chiefs injury insurance at more than one important position.