Things just keep going from bad to worse for the Kansas City Chiefs. As if sitting at 0-2 after two embarrassing defeats wasn't problem enough, star running back Jamaal Charles is dealing with pain in his knee.
According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, the news is not all bad, as it is just "sore" and he isn't expected to miss time.
Crennel says Charles had sore knee yesterday but would play vs Saints— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) September 17, 2012
Charles only played in two games last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee trying to dive for a first down. He only had 12 carries before going down, so there is naturally going to be some fatigue and adjustments needed before he can handle a full load.
Through two games this season, Charles has carried the ball 22 times for 90 yards. He had 16 of those carries in Week 1 against Atlanta before being dropped down to six in Sunday's game against Buffalo.
The good news for the Chiefs is that they have not missed a beat running the ball without Charles on the field as much as they might like. They rank fifth in the NFL after two weeks with 302 yards on the ground.
Shaun Draughn and Peyton Hillis have combined for 167 yards on just 29 carries. If the Chiefs had a defense and quarterback, they would be all set to compete in the AFC West.
Despite their success on the ground in the early part of the season, Charles is still the straw that stirs the drink. He has the best speed in the NFL and can change games in his team's favor.
We will keep you updated on Charles' status for Week 3, as well as his potential fantasy value moving forward.