Jamaal Charles Injury News: Chiefs’ RB Admits He’s Rusty

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Jamaal Charles tripped in the backfield the other night in Kansas City’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. My first thought: He’s rusty.

The Chiefs’ star running back had missed some practice and game No. 2 of the preseason with a hurt foot, and as with any injury in the NFL, it takes some time to get back into game speed.

My suspicions were proven right when Charles admitted to the media that he’s still feeling a bit rusty after the injury. When asked how his foot was feeling, he said this:

It’s feeling good. I played today. I’m kind of rusty. I tripped on one of my runs. I’m glad to be back on the field. I’m blessed to be able to play again and stay healthy.”

A good running back possesses many skills and attributes, but arguably the most important is footwork and agility.

I coach running backs in high school, and we literally spend hours a week working on our quick footwork. That’s how important it is. As a running back you have to be able to quickly cut, plant, and move using the least amount of steps as you possibly can. You also have to bend your knees and open your hips. You need a low center of gravity and you must have good balance.

All of that comes down to footwork and agility, and that’s why its going to take a while for Charles to get back into the swing of things.

When you’re sore, you can’t plant and cut as well. You’re feet don’t move as quick, and everything just moves a bit slower. Combine that with the time it takes to get back into the speed of the game, and it makes plenty of sense that Charles is still feeling a bit rusty.

Thankfully, the Chiefs’ star running back still has just under two weeks to knock off that rust in time for the 2013 regular season.

I for one, have no reason to think he won’t be ready to go.

Note: Quotes Via Chiefs Communications

Topics: Jamaal Charles

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  • chiefridgy

    Sounds like his foot/leg is feeling good. He’ll definitely be well oiled by game 1.

  • cd3382

    He will be ready. Charles is a gamer!

  • Chris Tarrants

    He is going to be better than he has ever been this year. He actually has a complimentary back who can, well compliment him lol and with Reid’s offensive style just think about the idea of him getting the ball behind the defensive line! Every time he makes it past the line he is one juke away from taking it to the house

  • Jim Harper

    Charles has quickly won the hearts and hopes of Chiefs fans everywhere. Not since Joe Delaney and Christian Okoye have the Chiefs had such beloved backs that played their entire career as Chiefs. Priest and Marcus were loved for sure, but came to us from other teams. As fans we are truly blessed to be witness to one of the greatest running backs of all times and what is even cooler is that he is a Chief.

    • stephan costa

      Couldn’t have said it better myself

      • Jim Harper

        thank you

  • Adrian M. Favor

    THIS WILL BE CHARLES BREAK OUT SEASON HE WILL FOR SURE HAVE MORE TD’S THIS YEAR. HOPEFULLY ANOTHER 1500+ RUSHING YARDS AND BREAK MOST RUSHING YARDS IN ONE GAME AGAINST THE BRONCOS. I C WITH ALEX SMITH RUNNING THE OFFENSE LIKE HE IS. WE DON’T TURN THE BALL OVER,SCORE POINTS,ARE DEFENSE CAN CERTAINLY WIN US THE GAME. DO WE EVEN HAVE TO TALK ABOUT ARE SPECIAL TEAMS GO CHIEFS KC254LIFE

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