When Jamaal Charles left practice with a foot injury Monday morning, it naturally got an enormous amount of attention. Charles is an irreplaceable talent for the Kansas City Chiefs, and watching him being carted off the field is something nobody wants to see.
But the fact is, everything done was precautionary and no matter how small the injury, players are always carted off in training camp in an effort to play it safe. No MRI has been reported yet so the extent of the injury isn’t entirely known, but the X-rays taken were negative and it’s thought to be a minor sprain.
Coach Andy Reid doesn’t seem too worried at this point, which is the smart way to play it. Creating more of a stir from the media is never in a coach’s best interest and it’s especially true in Reid’s case. He is known for running a very tough, full-contact training camp, and would likely receive a lot of criticism for sidelining his best player.
Even in the unlikely case that the injury is serious, the Chiefs will not be changing how they run their camp. Full contact or no, injuries happen in practice and Reid values having his players in the best football shape possible prior to the season starting.
As of now, Charles sitting out means rookie running back Knile Davis will get some much-needed first team reps. Davis has been underwhelming both in camp and in the Chiefs’ first preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. He gained just seven yards on five carries, adding four receptions for 18 yards.
The most disappointing part of the game were his suspect hands as he dropped a perfectly thrown screen pass and bobbled another short pass, ruining the momentum of the play. The Chiefs’ coaching staff is excited about Davis’ capabilities, but his weak hands must be fixed. Nobody is expecting miracles from him this early, but drops and fumbles will not be tolerated in Kansas City.