The Kansas City Chiefs surprisingly decided to rest Jamaal Charles for Sunday night's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. Even more surprising was the reason for resting him: foot injury.
Charles apparently incurred a minor foot injury sometime over the weekend. Andy Reid explained after the game.
"He twisted his foot," Reid said. "Kind of a freak thing. It was crazy. It didn't happen at practice. It was after practice as we were leaving so we held him out for precautionary reasons. I think he's going to be fine. I left him back at home. We'll go from there. But he's doing well."
Elaborating on a conference call with reporters on Monday, Reid said: "He was carrying a box down from the dorms and he came down the ground that's sloped there and he tweaked his foot, rolled his foot over on the curb. It was that simple. And that was it. He went up to [Chiefs trainer] Rick [Burkholder] and he was hurting that night. The next day he was feeling a little better and he's feeling better today. We're optimistic about it. Initially, there was a little concern but he had the x-rays and MRIs done on it and everything was clear."
This doesn't seem like something serious. More of a "This guy is really important so why risk it" situation. The Chiefs training camp in St. Joe is over but they will continue to practice in Kansas City. I'll be curious to see if the Chiefs have Charles practicing. It wouldn't hurt a lot of Chiefs fans if they decided to rest him for a while.
Does Jamaal need to play in anymore preseason games?