Kansas City Chiefs starting running back Jamaal Charles was taken off the field on a cart after suffering a strain in his foot during an 11-on-11 scrimmage at the Chiefs practice today.
X-Rays were taken of Charles’ foot and it was reported that they came back negative, so now Charles will be day-to-day. Head coach Andy Reid said the team will evaluate Charles as the week goes on and said that he won’t play in Friday’s preseason matchup against the San Francisco 49ers unless he is ready.
If this injury lingers it would a major setback the Chiefs organization. Charles missed almost the entire season in 2011 after tearing his ACL in a Week 2 matchup against the Detroit Lions.
Although he did tear his ACL two years ago, that did not slow Charles down in 2012, as he ran for 1,509 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 236 receiving yards and a touchdown. Charles was able to run for 100 yards in seven games and also had two games where he ran for over 200 yards. Charles also holds the highest average yards per carry in NFL history with 5.8 yards per carry on his career.
Charles was able to put up those numbers despite playing on the worst team in the NFL, so his value to the Chiefs can’t be measured. He is also one of the most productive fantasy football players, so this injury is concerning to people outside of the Chiefs fan base.
For the time being, Chiefs third-round draft selection Knile Davis will take reps with the first-team offense until Charles is able to return to the practice field.