4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 training camp Day 8

It was a more relaxed session at Commanders training camp for practice Day 8.

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Commanders dealt first major injury

It wasn't all fun and games for the Washington Commanders on Thursday. Some bad news came out of the organization with the first significant injury of training camp, which was extremely disappointing.

According to the team, defensive lineman David Bada tore his tricep muscle during Wednesday's practice. This is normally a complication that comes with significant rehabilitation attached, but much will depend on what emerges from the additional tests to determine its severity.

Bada had no college football experience before entering the league. His colorful route to the NFL was rewarded by the Commanders, who even activated the player for two games last season after impressing the coaching staff.

Things would appear to be more difficult for Bada this time around with Phidarian Mathis and Chase Young returning from injury on a stacked defensive front. He seemed pretty low down the pecking order all things considered, but nobody likes to see this sort of injury befall any player at this time of year.

The Commanders stashed Bada on injured/reserve soon after the announcement. There is also the option of releasing the player with an injury designation further down the line if a worst-case scenario emerges.

That might sound a little harsh, but the NFL is a cutthroat business.