As the Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their preparations for Sunday’s matchup with the Denver Broncos, they placed rookie safety Sanders Commings on injured reserve and promoted linebacker Josh Martin from the practice squad.
Commings is no stranger to IR, having spent the first ten weeks of the season there with a shoulder injury. It’s a shoulder injury again that will get him back there, but this time he won’t be coming back.
The fifth-round pick got hurt on his first practice of the offseason and immediately after first cuts was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. He returned two weeks ago against the Broncos and made a big hit for his first NFL tackle. Commings was active last week but didn’t record a tackle in a loss to the San Diego Chargers.
He wasn’t able to practice this week before the team finally made the decision to place him on injured reserve, ending his season.
Martin finds his way back to the 53-man roster after spending the first three weeks of the season there, though he never appeared in a regular season game. The undrafted free agent out of Columbia University impressed in the preseason, picking up seven tackles, a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery.
With linebacker Justin Houston out at least this week — and likely beyond — Martin’s pass rush ability makes him a candidate to be active Sunday.