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Chiefs rookie Sanders Commings to make NFL debut

Updated: 2013-11-18T00:44:57Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

It appears rookie defensive back Sanders Commings will make his NFL debut against Denver tonight.

Commings, who was taken in the fifth round of April's NFL Draft, is one of 45 active players for the game. Commings sat out two months with a broken collarbone he suffered during the preseason, but was recently brought off short-term injured reserve.

In what appears to be a related move, veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson — who had been active in the Chiefs' previous three games but failed to log a defensive snap — is inactive for the first time since Week 2, when he missed the Dallas game while dealing with an undisclosed family maatter.

“Coaches do what they feel like, and they feel like they might need me in case of emergencies,” Robinson said on Friday. “You never know what can happen, man. I just stay ready at all times. That's all I can do.”

When asked what he can do to mentor the younger players in the secondary, Robinson — a 10-year veteran — said he will continue to do what he's been doing this season.

“That's continue to be a good teammate,” Robinson said. “I think that's the biggest thing I can do for anybody in this locker room. I have more experience than anybody...there will be times when (safety) Eric (Berry) will come to me during the game and have questions. So if that's my role, I'm fine with that.”

The Chiefs' other inactive players tonight are quarterback Tyler Bray, linebacker Nico Johnson, center Eric Kush, offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins, offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson and defensive tackle Jaye Howard.

For Denver, quarterback Zac Dysert, running back Ronnie Hillman, cornerback Champ Bailey, cornerback Tony Carter, center J.D. Walton, linebacker Nate Irving and guard Chris Kuper are all inactive.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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