Next time, Jamaal Charles should use a cart.
The Kansas City Chiefs running back was an unexpected non-participant in the preseason game Sunday night and the reason is that he has a bruised foot, an injury he suffered as was carrying a box from the Chiefs’ dormitory at Missouri Western State University to the parking lot when the team broke camp Thursday.
“I’ll just tell you what happened,” Coach Andy Reid said (via the Kansas City Star). “He was actually carrying a box down the dorms, and he came down the grassy slope there and just tweaked his foot, rolled his foot over on the curb. It was that simple.”
Charles, 27, had 259 carries for 1,287 yards last season and finished with 1,980 total yards. At least there’s time for him to heal before the Chiefs’ season opener Sept. 7 against the Tennessee Titans. Naturally, there was a great deal of concern about the injury initially.
“He was hurting that night,” Reid said. “The next day he woke up and he was feeling a little bit better, and he was feeling better today, so we’re optimistic about it. Initially, there was a little concern. But they got all the stuff done on it, MRIs and all that stuff, so everything is clear.”