Chiefs fans have had enough to freak out about in regard to running back Jamaal Charles, so we here at Arrowhead Addict will report the news, but report it easy.
Okay, let’s get to it.
Jamaal Charles is indeed sitting out practice, according to the Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports:
Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles sat out Chiefs practice on Tuesday after straining his right foot the previous day’s work out.
With that said, let’s right away get to the fact that the AP did report that Charles looks to be fine, and head coach Andy Reid will play him on Friday if he’s good to go:
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said following the workout that Charles would play in Friday night’s preseason game against San Francisco only if he’s able.
Charles attended Tuesday’s practice but joined the rest of the injured Chiefs away from the practice field. He wasn’t wearing a boot and didn’t appear to be limping.
No boot? Check. No limp? Check.
No reason to freak out?
Yesterday the main takeaway from Charles being sent off on the cart was that it was all precautionary. Reid and the Chiefs called his injury a foot strain and the X-rays were negative. At least to my knowledge, nothing has changed today, so once again, this is just a precautionary measure.
There’s no use getting the arguably most important offensive player on this team hurt, especially in the preseason.
When it comes to little bumps and bruises on the football field, sometimes taking a day or two off is the best remedy. Charles is experienced enough to where he personally doesn’t need the reps.
Would it be nice to have him out there working on his cohesiveness with Alex Smith and the first unit? Of course it would be.
Would it be even nicer to have him healthy come week one of the regular season, though?
I’ll let you answer that question.