Jul 28, 2013; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) carries the ball during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

AFC West: Chiefs Call Jamaal Charles Injury a Minor Strain, X-Rays Negative

Earlier this morning the Kansas City Chiefs got a major scare at their 2013 Training Camp when star running back Jamaal Charles needed to be taken off the field on a motorized cart.

Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star first reported that Charles was taken off on a motorized cart after speaking with team trainers in a huddle. Charles was then taken for X-rays to check out his foot that was bothering him at practice.

Luckily for Andy Reid, Alex Smith, and the Chiefs offense, Charles results on his foot came back negative and Reid is assessing the situation as a “minor strain” based on reports from the team’s trainers according to several Chiefs beat writers.

Reid is now face with a tough decision on whether or not he should shut down his star running back for the rest of the preseason in light of today’s scare. Reid is by no means a coach who depends on pounding the ball on the ground as we all know from his Eagles days where he largely depended on the flat route and screen pass to get his running backs in the offense, but that doesn’t change the fact that Charles is one of the most dynamic players in Kansas City’s offense.

Having Charles minor strain develop into something much more serious would be a crushing blow to the Chiefs hopes of breaking out in 2013 after adding a new franchise quarterback and a head coach who has guided teams to great heights in the past, that will likely motivate the Chiefs and Reid to use caution in dealing with Charles situation. If Charles continues to participate in preseason action, expect it to be under a watchful eye from now on as the Chiefs can’t afford another scare with high expectations all over in Kansas City.



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