Jamaal Charles Injury: Updates on Chiefs RB's Quad
Kansas City Chiefs starting running back Jamaal Charles left Sunday's season opener with an apparent quadriceps injury. The incident occured in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to Reid Ferrin of Kansas City's official website, his status was being listed as questionable:
Jamaal Charles (Quad) injury, and his return is questionable. #KCvsJAX— Reid Ferrin (@KCChiefs_Reid) September 8, 2013
Charles played in Week 2's matchup against the Cowboys.
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 16
Vahe Gregorian of The Kansas City Star passed along a statement from Jamaal Charles discussing his quad injury following the Chiefs' win against the Cowboys yesterday:
“I’m a tough player,” [Jamaal Chares] had said. “Nobody knows about it, but I’m really a tough player, and I fight through pain.”
He grinned Sunday when asked if the injury had bothered him.
“I mean, I felt it – you know what I’m saying?” he said, adding, “It was time to go play. There was no turning back.”
As for demonstrating toughness?
If there were doubters, he said, smiling, “Someone might change their mind today.”
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 15
From ESPN's Stephania Bell:
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is ACTIVE. Rams RB Daryl Richardson is ACTIVE. Ravens RB Bernard Pierce is ACTIVE.— Stephania Bell (@Stephania_ESPN) September 15, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 13
From ESPN's Adam Teicher:
Chiefs say Jamaal Charles will play sunday vs. Cowboys— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) September 13, 2013
From Carrington Harrison of 610 Sports Radio:
When asked if he was 90% or 100%, Jamaal Charles said "I'm ready to play percent."— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) September 13, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 12
Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star passed along statements from Andy Reid and Jamaal Charles discussing the Chiefs running back's injury:
“Really, the only injury is Jamaal,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said before the afternoon practice. “We’re just taking it slow. I think he’ll be OK for the game. We’ll just see how it all works out.”[...]“It’s going to be an exciting week,” Charles said. “We’re at home to play our very first game. With a new coach, new players … I’m hyped up, I’m excited. I wouldn’t miss this game for nothing.”
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 11
From Dave Skretta of the Associated Press:
#Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Jamaal Charles participated in walkthru, will take it easy in practice. Optimistic he'll play Sunday.— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) September 11, 2013
From Adam Teicher of ESPN:
Reid said Charles will be held out of practice this afternoon: "We're just taking it slow. I think he'll be OK for the game.''— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) September 11, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 8
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk expanded on Charles' status after Kansas City's win over Jacksonville:
After the game, both coach Andy Reid and Charles said Charles, who was stepped on, will be fine. A league source added that Charles will be “totally fine,” which is apparently even better than fine.
Charles actually returned for a pair of carries, and he then exited because the score was 28-2.
Despite the injury, Charles would later return to action. Associated Press reporter Dave Skretta wasn't wild about that decision:
Jamaal Charles back on field. And I ask, "WHY?" #Chiefs— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) September 8, 2013
Charles had 14 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown before exiting with the injury.
He logged two more rushing attempts after returning to the field, but the Chiefs ultimately made the decision that their double-digit lead in the fourth quarter was enough to warrant Charles calling it a day. Ferrin reported that news on Twitter:
In addition to a strong rushing output, Charles added three receptions for 23 yards from new Kansas City starting quarterback Alex Smith.
Charles dealt with a foot strain during the preseason but overcame that issue to be ready for the season opener. Although the Chiefs held him out of action in the fourth quarter, the comfortable lead and his return to the lineup after first coming up lame suggest a positive outlook moving forward.
The sixth-year man from Texas has dealt with injuries before in his professional career, missing all but two games of the 2011 season after tearing his ACL against the Detroit Lions.
He rebounded strong from that setback last season, playing in all 16 games (15 starts) en route to racking up 1,509 rushing yards and six total touchdowns. With a revamped offensive line and new head coach Andy Reid, Charles is expected to exceed those marks in 2013, as long as he's healthy.
The 26-year-old has rushed for over 4,500 yards in his career, and recorded his 18th rushing touchdown on Sunday against the Jags.
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