The Kansas City Chiefs plan to get a look at every healthy player on the roster Friday night when the preseason kicks off against the New Orleans Saints. But there are some that are fighting through injuries and will be unable to suit up.
LB Mike Catapano, S Sanders Commings, C Tommie Draheim, WR Junior Hemingway and OT Donald Stephenson are all out Friday night.
Catapano has been sidelined by a calf injury that is making it tough for the seventh-round pick to prove he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster. Missing out on extended playing time is a blow for the rookie.
The Chiefs have been without Commings since the beginning of rookie workouts before training camp thanks to a fractured clavicle. Don’t expect to see him in a Chiefs uniform anytime soon, but his spot on the roster is safe.
Much like Catapano, Draheim’s absence makes a difficult task that much harder. He’s out with a concussion and considering the lack of depth at tackle for the Chiefs right now he might have been able to get some run a tackle, where he appeared in during his time at San Diego State.
Coming into camp I wondered what kind of impact Hemingway could make, but so far he’s gotten a lot of quality reps. A sprained thumb has knocked him out and as long as it’s not serious, he should have a chance to nab one of the final spots at receiver.
Stephenson is recovering from surgery on his finger and will be welcomed back as soon as the injury allows. He will be the primary backup to both Eric Fisher and Branden Albert.