Jamaal Charles Injury: Why Chiefs Should Be Concerned Long Term
The Kansas City Chiefs' season could not be going much worse. They are sitting at 0-2 and the combined score of those two losses is 89-10.
Making matters worse, they have lost their star running back, Jamaal Charles, to an ACL injury that might cost him the entire season.
Thomas Jones, Charles' backup, said it best in an AP story that appeared on suntimes.com:
'I don’t know the extent of his injury, but it’s a terrible loss for us—for our team,' teammate Thomas Jones said.
That's putting it lightly. Any hope the Chiefs had of turning things around is all but gone. Charles pretty much was their offense. Matt Cassel is a decent quarterback, but with no running game to keep the defense honest, he isn't going to be able to win games on his own.
The loss of Charles goes well beyond this season, however. Charles' health will be a concern for the rest of his time in the league.
Unlike a clean bone break, a torn ACL is something that can be foreboding of a player's future health and production. Some players end up having multiple ACL surgeries, while others never make it back to full strength after the injury.
It doesn't help that Charles is in something of a perfect storm for getting hurt.
He plays one of the more physical positions in the game. Every time he runs the ball, he gets hit three or four times. Injuries are just part of the game for a running back and many of them don't make it to 30 in this league.
He has also had a heavy workload. The Chiefs have leaned on him a lot over the last couple of seasons. That work might be scaled back once he returns, but it's hard to imagine the Chiefs using a platoon with another back.
Then there's his size. At 5'11" and 199 lbs, he is a little more slight of build than you would ideally have him be.
There is plenty of worry about the Chiefs' season after this injury, but it's not this season that people should be worried about. This is already a lost season. People should be worried about future seasons when the Chiefs are better and Charles still has injury issues.
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