Jamaal Charles Strains Foot, Gives Chiefs A Scare from KC Star
The worst fears of the Chiefs seemed to be realized Monday when they watched Jamaal Charles leave the practice field in the back of a motorized cart because of a right foot injury.
But afterward, the Chiefs didn't appear concerned that Charles' absence would be extended. They said X-rays were negative and that Charles had a strained foot.
Coach Andy Reid called Charles' premature exit from practice and the X-rays "precautionary measures." Reid provided no timetable for Charles' return but suggested it wasn't unreasonable that Charles would play in Friday night's preseason game against San Francisco at Arrowhead Stadium.
Thoughts From Monday's Chiefs Practice from KC Star
What I'm hearing, even privately, is that the Chiefs aren't concerned there could be something more to the foot injury to Jamaal Charles. But until he's back in uniform and doing the things he can do so well, it's an issue for the Chiefs. Even if Charles is OK and back in short order, his injury serves as a reminder how fragile these things can be.
The optimism surrounding the "new" Chiefs had a near-death experience when Jamaal Charles sat on a motorized cart and was wheeled away from practice and toward an X-ray machine on Monday.
Later, when Andy Reid addressed reporters, the first words out of his mouth told the world it was a foot strain and that X-rays were negative. If the guy in the cubicle next to you exhaled in the late morning, this is probably why. Charles still needs to show he's OK on the field, of course, but only time will tell.
NFL seasons are played on the edge of the cliff, anyway. One injury can be like an oil slick on that road. Especially when it's Charles, the Chiefs' best, most dynamic, and game-changing player.
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"The best thing you can do is make the QB pull up and get your hands on the ball," Houston said. "I did my job."
Poe did the rest.
"I was just running to the ball," Poe said. "Good things happen when you do what you're supposed to do; it got batted up and it came my way."
Fullback Position Returns To Chiefs Offense from KC Star
Neither Sherman nor Wilson has extensive experience handling the football. Sherman, who entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick out of Connecticut, carried the ball one time for three yards in his two seasons at Arizona and caught 13 passes in 28 games. Wilson, in 51 games at Kansas State, carried 21 times, scoring two touchdowns; and caught 18 passes.
But they're sure having more fun getting a chance to run with the ball and catch passes with the Chiefs than simply doing the dirty work of blocking on every play.
"The Chiefs didn't tell me I would touch the ball; they wanted to see what I could offer," Sherman said. "From there on, I think I've done a pretty decent job. Alex has done a great job of finding me in the flat ... at New Orleans, it was one of those plays where no one came to my protection (area), so I got out on a swing route and Alex found me."
Cold Water Recovery Brings Chiefs Together from The Mothership
Nobody in league emphasizes hydration more than coach Reid, who is often heard reminding the players to "water up" constantly during practice. Following the more than two-hour practices each day, the players can't walk off the field without passing by a cooler packed with ice-cold Gatorades, to help replenish lost fluids, electrolytes, etc.
Once the Gatorade and/or water is in hand, players make the walk up the hill to the locker room, where twenty yards away stands a cold tub, which the players are encouraged to use by Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder.
Chiefs' Defense Looks Good Early In Practice from KC Star
The Chiefs were running through some plays early in practice with no defense on the field when Jon Baldwin took an end-around handoff from Alex Smith. He stopped abruptly behind the line of scrimmage and heaved a deep pass for Devon Wiley. The ball wobbled but eventually arrived at its target. Still, Baldwin was a better passer than receiver.
Dustin Colquitt's time as the NFL's highest-paid punter is over. The contract he signed with the Chiefs this year was surpassed on an average per year basis by the deal received by, of all people, his brother Britton of the Denver Broncos.
On Sunday, Britton signed a three-year contract extension with the Broncos through 2016 that will pay him an average of $3.9 million per season, topping the $3.75 million a year Dustin will receive as part of a five-year deal he signed in the offseason.
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Jamaal Charles Leaves Practice from ESPN
Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles left midway through the Kansas City Chiefs' practice Monday with what coach Andy Reid called a strained foot. X-rays were negative.
Though a source familiar with the injury told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Charles is "fine," another source told ESPN's Ed Werder that Charles will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning to determine when he'll be able to return to practice.
Andy Reid Is Loving Football Again from MMQB
Andy Reid comes to the door of his Missouri Western State dorm room, in his red CHIEFS hoodie, and the first thing you notice is how happy he is. For 40 minutes, you notice that over and over. To the public, Reid rarely shows exactly how he feels, and I doubt he'll do that now, on a different sideline, in a different state, in red and not black and green. But even in private, toward the end of his 14-year period coaching the Eagles, it wasn't quite like this.
54% Of TV Viewers In KC Watched Royals And Chiefs On Friday from FS Kansas City
Predictably, sports fans here planted themselves in front of their televisions Friday night to catch either the Royals' game on FOX Sports Kansas City or the Chiefs' preseason opener on local CBS affiliate KCTV.
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Few on the Chiefs roster are more valuable than Charles; despite the de-emphasis and increased disposability of tailbacks in today's NFL, Reid and general manager John Dorsey know this.
To put it another way, a backfield of Alex Smith and Charles is "Jaws." A backfield of Alex Smith and rookie Knile Davis is "Jaws 3."
There's a difference.
Thoughts On Jamaal Charles Injury Scare from ESPN
Needless to say if Charles' injury is lingering, it will be a crushing blow to the Chiefs, who have had a pretty smooth summer to this point. Reid showed what Charles will mean to his offense in the preseason opener when Charles touched the ball in eight of the 14 plays the Kansas City first-team offense was on the field.
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Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles is a freak talent who has averaged 5.8 yards per carry during his short career. With a fully healthy knee and Alex Smith under center, he will get a ton of touches in 2013. It is absolutely feasible that he ultimately becomes the highest-rated fantasy running back this season.
Sure, elite IDPs such as Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly are great players, but Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson possess top-five fantasy upside at their positions that can be had several rounds after Watt and Kuechly are off the board.
Harbaugh, Bowman Eager For Game Against Old Friend from The San Jose Mercury News
It's only an exhibition game, sure, but the 49ers are relishing the prospect of playing against former teammate Alex Smith.
The 49ers face Smith on Friday for the first time since they traded Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second-round draft pick.
"It's personal with Alex," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. "So, it's probably different in that way. I feel like there's a great friendship there and a lot of history."
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SEAT 2013 is a conference of sports executives and leaders primarily though not exclusively focused on technology systems in sports. It is becoming if it isn't already, THE event for the technology-related and technology-savvy sports executives - which is a considerable number. The spectrum of attendees is genuinely awe-inspiring. It ranges from the (for example) President of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL team to the founder of college ticket provider Paciolan to the CRM guru for the New York Jets to the CIO/CTOs of multiple leagues (NBA, MLB, NFL, MLS).
Hunter's Return Could Give 49ers A 'Three-Headed Approach' from NBC Bay Area
It's probably unlikely Hunter will get to play in Friday night's exhibition game in Kansas City against the Chiefs, but he'll get a heavy dose of reps in practices this week to get him back in the flow of things.
"We all know what Kendall's about," Harbaugh said. "Things will go well for him. He's smart. First things first, let's go about getting him back to 100 percent."
If Hunter can get back up to speed, it will give the 49ers a trio of effective backs.
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