Jamaal Charles injury news is not what Kansas City Chiefs fans of fantasy football owners wanted to hear. Charles injured his foot while he was carrying a box during the move-out process at training camp. According to a report from ESPN on Monday (Aug. 18), it is currently being classified as a bad bruise. The good news is that he has gone through MRIs and X-rays without any severe damage showing up on the tests. It has given head coach Andy Reid optimism about how soon he could return.
Giving an interview about his star player, Reid stated, "He came down a grassy slope there and just kind of rolled his foot over on the curb. It was that simple. That was it. He went up to [trainer Rick Burkholder]. ... He was hurting that night, and the next day he woke up and he was feeling a little bit better, and he's feeling better today." Reid went on to state that Charles had passed every physical test placed in front of him, so he could be back at practice very soon.
This is the reason that Charles sat out Sunday night's (Aug. 17) 28-16 preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers. He wouldn't have been on the field for very long anyway, so it wasn't exactly a red flag that Charles wasn't on the field. The importance that he plays in the success of the team this year dictates that they will bring him along slowly if needed. At the end of the day, though, it seems like this Jamaal Charles injury is something that could be healed by Week 1 of the regular season.
Last season for the Chiefs, he ran for 1,287 yards on just 259 carries. That's an average of 5.0 yards per carry and his numbers made him a valuable commodity in fantasy football. He also had 70 catches for 693 receiving yards and scored 19 total touchdowns. This will lead to his early selection in nearly every 2014 draft and it could put him right in the middle of the race for the 2014 NFL MVP. Fans will want to pay close attention to how he does at practice for the next week though.