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Jamaal Charles Injury: Out For 49ers, Maybe Rest Of Preseason

The Kansas City Chiefs will attempt to defend their QB’s honor against the team that benched him this evening but they will do so without the services of their best player, RB Jamal Charles.

According to Pro Football Talk, Charles is officially out for tonight’s preseason game with what the Chiefs are calling a “mild foot sprain.”

And he could also be out for the rest of the preseason.

Not having Charles available will make things much tougher on the Chiefs’ offense. The 49ers boast one of the best, if not the best, defense in football. The Chiefs were red hot on their first offensive drive last week but Charles touched the ball 8 times on the first unit’s 14-play drive.

The Chiefs are likely just being cautious here with Charles. They have been clear that the injury the RB sustained is minor and that if they were in the regular season, that Charles would likely be practicing and playing.

But this isn’t the regular season.

There is no player on the Chiefs’ roster as talented and dynamic is Charles. Branden Albert may be playing under the franchise tag but Jamaal Charles IS the franchise.

I’ve said for years the Chiefs need to wrap Charles in bubble wrap and leave him in the locker room during the preseason. I can handle him getting hurt in a real game (maybe) but getting losing the team’s best player in a meaningless exhibition game would be hard to stomach.

The Chiefs are confirming just how important Charles is.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    The more I think about it, the more I wish we’d signed a veteran RB to shoulder the load.
    We’re putting a lot of pressure on Knile Davis to be a big contributor in year one.

  • Jason Seibel

    Willis McGahee is still out there!

  • sidibeke

    All for the move. Let’s give Davis some touches; he’ll need them if he’s going to be our primary back up should anything serious happen to JC during the season.

  • Michael Shaw

    I am sorry guys, but I am big fan of shaun draughn and cyrus “the virus” gray. I would love for one of them to replace Davis as the #2. Draughn had some great runs in relief last year, but that was until the line fell apart after Hudson got hurt.

    • Calchiefsfan

      The o line is what I’m going to be watching as much as anything this game. This is a huge test for them, especially Fisher.

  • Matt Dickson

    I’m not sure treating a player like a china doll has ever proven to ward off injury. Generally you want to walk a balancing act between caution and putting them out there… If you disagree, just go back two seasons to Haley’s last preseason camp. Softest preseason in Chiefs history which translated into (arguably) the Chiefs worst season for injuries to key players.

  • Calchiefsfan

    There are 3 backs that we need to see more of. Let Charles rest and let’s see what these other guys can do. It’s a perfect place for Davis to get some experience. Since this is just a preseason game there won’t be the pressure that he would feel during the regular season when it counts. Hey maybe we’ll get to see the offense open up more since we can’t rely on Charles to carry the load. Can anyone say D Bowe deep? McCluster?

  • Tadpole550

    Tadpole550 • 36 minutes ago −
    101.3 the fox is a rock n roll station rite? I got it on i heart radio juss wondering if the game is gonna be broadcasted thru the station since I can’t watch it :/ fml… Help!!!!!!
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