Jamaal Charles leaves practice with foot injury

Jamaal Charles leaves practice with foot injury, Chiefs 'privately concerned'

8/12/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The Kansas City Chiefs have a real shot at being one of the league's most improved teams this season, but if they want to follow the Indianapolis Colts' blueprint of going from two wins one season and to the playoffs the next, they are going to need heavy contributions from their premier players. One of those top players is running back Jamaal Charles, who has put up gaudy numbers ever since being selected in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. The All-Pro's career yards per carry sits at 5.8 and he figures to be a huge piece in new head coach Andy Reid's west coast offense.

Blog Photo - Jamaal Charles leaves practice with foot injuryHowever, the Chiefs were given a huge scare on Monday when Charles hopped on a cart and rode off to the team facility before practice had concluded. Though initial reports said he was "carted off the field," it has been made clear that Charles was able to walk to the cart on his own. Regardless, a foot injury forced Charles from the field, and it's never good to see a running back dealing with a foot ailment.

Chiefs fans may remember when their team headed to Oakland back in 2011, and a different AFC West running back went down with an injured foot. Early in the first quarter, Darren McFadden caught a three-yard pass over the middle, then limped over to the sidelines. The injury didn't appear serious, and many initially thought that McFadden would play the following week, but he missed the final nine games of the season.

Charles should be better off than the injury-prone McFadden - who was eventually diagnosed with a Lisfranc fracture - was back then, but it's tough to tell with foot injuries. X-rays on Charles' foot did come back negative, which is a good sign for the Chiefs, but reports suggest that the team remains concerned with their dynamic offensive weapon. A Monday MRI will determine the severity of what is currently being called a "foot sprain," and the diagnosis will determine just how long Charles will be sidelined. The good news is that Charles has nothing to prove in camp, so he can take the next four weeks to make sure he is one hundred percent healthy for the team's opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

This injury probably will not affect Charles' value in fantasy drafts, but be sure to check back once his MRI results are revealed.

Rookie running back Knile Davis took first-team reps in Charles' absence, while Shaun Draughn served as the primary backup.
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