Jamaal Says He Was Scared, But Feels Better Now

Calling it “the weirdest injury I’ve ever had” RB Jamaal Charles was back on the practice field Sunday as the Chiefs kept up their pre-season routine in their facilities at the Truman Sports Complex.

Six days after he suffered a strained foot, Charles talked about the injury on Sunday before practice. He acknowledged that the weird element of the strain made it a scary time for him.

“Oh yeah, it was definitely scary because I’m normally running; that’s how I get all of my yards, running,” Charles said. “If it was upper body, it probably wouldn’t have bothered me, but because it’s my leg and that’s my skill level …”

The pain started in his foot and according to Charles, has traveled all the way up the side of his foot and is now in the middle of his right leg.

“I’m still a little bit sore,” said Charles. “I’m just day-to-day now getting my treatment and making sure I get all my treatment before I can be right.”

But there was no doubt in his mind that he needed to practice on Sunday.

“I told Rick (Burkholder, team trainer) I can’t just be waiting and waiting and waiting,” Charles said. “I want to get in the reps with the ones and continue to see how I feel, if it’s getting better or worse.”

And Charles said there’s no question he could have played Friday night is needed despite the injury.

“Oh yeah, I think I could have played in the last game, but it was just smart for me not to play in it, to prepare myself and get ready for this week,” Charles said. “It’s football. Things happen and you don’t know when it’s going to happen. You just have to be prepared and take care of your body. That’s what I’m still doing; trying to make sure I do all the right things and get my body taken care of.”

8 Responses to “Jamaal Says He Was Scared, But Feels Better Now”

  • August 18, 2013  - j.t. collins says:

    Every time a new coach/GM comes in we have new terms/words/theme. Under Reid we have, watch the tape/work fast/ do the right things/take care of my body.Now my new themes are… Just Win ( stolen from AL ) Down goes Frasier ( Manning ) stolen from Cosell ^ I now know why they call them Special ( Teams) because they are. Go Chiefs

  • August 18, 2013  - j.t. collins says:

    Oh the owners new theme is to the ticket office GET Back In There & Sell…Sell ( Stolen from trading places… Eddie Murphy /Don Ameche

  • August 19, 2013  - txchief says:

    I really can’t fathom why any team would expose their star players to injury in the preseason. If the NFL and NFLPA could move beyond the fallacy that playing NFL football is some sort of part time job, the players could work on conditioning throughout the year.

    The players these days are tremendous athletes. However, they are most subject to injury when they are out of playing shape and unfamiliar situations and trying to impress coaches puts them at risk during practice.

    Even if the league moved to an 18 game season with no preseason games, the schedule could easily be adjusted to allow more bye weeks during the playing season and a more regimented practice and conditioning schedule in the so-called “off-season.”

  • August 19, 2013  - j.t. collins says:

    TX… I can’t believe you blew right over my funny ( to me anyway ) comments.Not even 1 line … Test Test is this thing working.

  • August 19, 2013  - Jeff Collins says:

    Good stuff jt ;)

  • August 19, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    When you have an “elite” back like Jamaal you can’t be too careful. I hope they sit him out of the Steelers game. Have you ever thought back to preseason games of last year and the year before that and wondered why you can’t remember the scores or who we even played for that matter???? Because they are virtually meaningless.

  • August 19, 2013  - R W says:

    NFL football is a violent game and as such, there will always be injuries. The violence is a large part of the game’s appeal but the commissioner continues to attempt to slowly legislate that element out of the game which is a mistake in my opinion.

    Although I have no empirical proof to back it up, it seems there were fewer injuries in pre-season back in the last century when coaches would go at it in pads, mandate two-a-days in training camp and test the resolve, conditioning, and manhood of their players. I vividly recall going to the Chief’s training camp many years ago at Wm Jewell college where players would rotate in and out, stay on the field in blistering heat and do the Oklahoma drill until many of them were throwing up on the sidelines.

    I’m not saying that Jamaal’s injury is bogus. I am saying that Goodell, for all his good intentions, needs to get the hell out of the safety in the game arena before one day it becomes the National Flag Football League. A little off the topic of this story but it seemed a good time to let it fly on this issue.

  • August 19, 2013  - jimbo says:

    I’m with you RW. The less workouts & full contact training camps there are, the more injuries especially serious ones that are occurring.

    Too many doo-gooders in this world. It’s getting to the point where there is more contact in pairs figure skating than training camp. lol
    Go Chiefs.

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