From Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
The security personnel cleared a path outside the Chiefs locker room for Jamaal Charles. He was on crutches, the hood of his sweatshirt pulled down over his face and his left knee wrapped in a brace. As his teammates were showering after getting smacked by the Lions 48-3, Charles was headed for one of the team’s buses.
The official word waits for an MRI on Monday morning back in Kansas City, but all indications are that RB Jamaal Charles suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the first quarter on Sunday’s game against the Lions and is done for the season.
Charles would join SS Eric Berry who tore his ACL last Sunday and TE Tony Moeaki who tore an ACL in the final pre-season game. All three players suffered tears in their left knees.
The injury occurred on the Chiefs first possession of the game, when they were already down by a touchdown. They came out running the ball and having great success. It was a third down run and the Chiefs needed four yards for a first down.
Charles went wide right and tried to reach out and get the ball past the yard line for a first down. But he came up a yard short and ran out of bounds where he ran over the Lions mascot and then laid on the ground grabbing at his left knee.
As Chiefs doctors and trainers hovered over him, he appeared in great pain. When they got him to his feet, Charles was unable to put any weight on his left leg. As he was placed on the back of a cart, he slammed his fist into the rubber mat of the cart as he was carted off.
There was no official word from the team after the game, but sources that talked with the Chiefs hierarchy said they expect the MRI to confirm the initial diagnosis of a torn ACL.
“We’ll find out a lot more on him here in the next 12 hours or so,” was all Haley would say in addressing the situation.
None of his teammates were sure what the prognosis was for Charles.
“I haven’t heard,” said Thomas Jones. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to him, but that kind of thing is never good. I know he had to be hurting if he went off on a cart.”
As they said with Moeaki and Berry, the Chiefs are asking for somebody to step up and make more of a contribution to make up for their loss of Charles.
“He was one of the keys to our offense, but we are a team; we just have to find a way to pull together, pick up the slack and get this thing moving pretty quick.”
Added QB Matt Cassel: “Somebody else is going to have to step up. Unfortunately, that’s the ugly part of the NFL. There are injuries and they do occur and so other people are going to have to step into those roles.”