From the Truman Sports Complex
The Chiefs were holding out the slightest of hope that an MRI on the left knee of RB Jamaal Charles on Monday morning would show something other than the prognosis from the locker room in Detroit of a torn ACL.
That hope was not granted. Charles tore the ligament in the first quarter against the Lions and will undergo surgery and is done for the season. He’ll go on the injured-reserve list sometime this week, probably on Wednesday when the Chiefs get back to work and begin preparations for Game No. 3 on the season against San Diego.
The injury brings to an end one of the most productive offensive performances in franchise history. From mid-season in 2009 through the season opener of the 2011 season, Charles had played in all 25 games and produced 3,121 yards of offense, with 2,518 yards rushing and 630 yards receiving. In that window over those three seasons, Charles scored 18 touchdowns, including one on a kick return during the 2009 season.
His numbers for the 2011 season were 12 carries for 83 yards, with a 24-yard run in the mix. He caught 5 passes for just 9 yards, but one went for a touchdown. In fact, it’s the only TD of the season for the Chiefs. Those total offense numbers are 17 touches for 92 yards and one touchdown.