Charles Done For The Season

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.”

11 Responses to “Charles Done For The Season”

  • September 18, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Nows as good as time as any to ask you guys a somewhat early and complicated question. Obviously our season is over as to any possibility of winning more than 3 or 4 games. Having said that is there any possability of drafting a QB (Andrew Luck) next April with our #1 pick??? What would you do in the offseason??? New HC???????

  • September 18, 2011  - ED J says:

    Why do people feel we need change HC. Its not like he’s dialing up bad plays on offense. Luck alone would make this a 10 or 11 win team with Haley as head coach. Because then Haley can run the offense same way he did in AZ when he was OC for the Cards. At what point fans are going to get real realize QB is whats hurting this team not the head coach. He can’t convet 3rd dwns. He’s turning the ball over now. With teams loading up to stop the run he’s not making them pay with one on one coverage outside the numbers.

  • September 18, 2011  - James Braunwalder says:

    Andrew Luck!! turn out the lights the party’s over

  • September 18, 2011  - ED J says:

    As for Charles hate he’s out for the season. He’s gone its on Cassel to try to be engine that drive this offense now don’t see it working out we may can squeeze 5-6 wins now. QB has got to be priorty in the offense. Pioli can’t miss this time the Cassel experiment is over. The guy just doesn’t have what it takes to compete with other elite QBs in this league.

  • September 18, 2011  - el cid says:

    1. doubful

    2. Depends on who I am? Hunt – sit down with Pioli and Haley and try to find a way to salvage something. Drop parking to 5 bucks, refund difference to those who have already paid, a sort of sorry we are so crappy. Pioli – have no idea, seems to be another Carl, sooner he is gone the better. Haley – you are an asshole anyway, be one with the coaches and players. Fire someone, not just cut some neverwas player (figure Becht will be gone this week). But the organization cannot fix this much, so you ride it out and insult all fans who do not bleed red and gold by telling them this part of the process and the plan.

    3. New HC, why or why not. Will not help this year? Might keep the fans from rioting during games with overpriced parking and beer but expect blackouts and try not to get diabetes from the sweetness by the posters on the Chief’s home site.

  • September 18, 2011  - JB says:

    Yet another example of how life is not fair. A decent guy like Charles is down for the season and that sick, evil rat bast**d Vick is still playing.

  • September 18, 2011  - el cid says:

    What if Cassel’s replacement is…..Bannon, off the practice squad? Sort of what they did with Langford replacing Berry. A home grown player, knows the system, would sign with Pioli/Haley. Just think Jones and McCluster carrying the load at HB? We might actually be in line for an 0-16 season. Between Cassel, one WR (Bowe), no TE, and Jones/McCluster carrying the ball…..what can be wrong with this picture. This is bad.

  • September 18, 2011  - tuan says:

    Amen ED J. we need a QB cause cassel is not the anwser and we can not blame haley for that it’s on pioli because pioli is the one to make that disision of whom to sign and haley have to leave with that, beside if we dont have a QB who arm strengh like a little girl and can’t throw the ball more than three yards then sorry other team D will put nine men in the box all day, and now with JC is out for the season – wows it’s going to be a long football season for us, but hang in there guy
    one last note they may as well start stanzi to see
    what they got in him, is may sound crazy but brady was 6th round pick remember, Im not saying stanzi is brady but he got an strong arm and that a good start.

  • September 18, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Geez some of you people! Stanzi…really? He took a veteran Iowa team picked to challenge for a Big 10 title 2 7-5 last year. He is a weak armed flake. All of the maturity of a 15 year old. I live in Iowa and he is a flake.
    Cassel had 20 more TD’s than INT’s last year with Weis. Pro Bowl QB. He is a top 10/12 Qb when the coaching staff is competent.
    The problem is young Hunt running the Chiefs like the Royals. Bob ran an article showing how far under the cap we’ve been since ’06. We won’t spend $$$ to hire a true OC to replace Weis. We elevate our 79 year old OL coach and bring in Zorn who hasn’t been successful anywhere.

    I have missed 3 games since ’89. But I may show young Hunt empty seats the 2nd half of the year like many of us did in ’88 Gansz last year.

  • September 18, 2011  - tuan says:

    sorry guy I didn’t means stanzi is an anwser ! I’m just tired of my favorite NFL team losing.

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