Once again the Kansas City Chiefs got away from using Jamaal Charles in the second half of Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. It seems like it happens frequently where the Chiefs use Charles heavily in the first half and then for whatever reason they get away from him in the second half. In the case of Charles on Sunday, we chalked it up to the injury he suffered in the game.
Charles went down when his legs were bent awkwardly -- the replays were scary for a Chiefs fan -- but returned to the game. Andy Reid said on Monday that Charles was tender coming off the game.
"His knee swelled up, the same one that he had hurt last week," Reid said. "And the ankle that he had sprained earlier in the year, he had some issues with that on that one play during the game. And so he's a bit tender today."
Reid also said that in the game Charles was not 100 percent -- not that anyone is this time of year -- but that despite that he still could've gotten the ball more in Sunday's game. That marks the 93rd straight game a coach has left a game saying Charles should have touched it more (or something like that).
The Chiefs need to be careful how they handle him down the stretch. We all want Jamaal to touch it as much as possible but we all also want him healthy enough to be on the field. This is something to monitor down the stretch, perhaps by giving Knile Davis more carries.