Chiefs fans got some good news after the team lost its second preseason game to the San Francisco 49ers on Friday night. RB Jamaal Charles was back at practice on Sunday and today and will continue to be on the field working his way back from a foot sprain he suffered last week. After sitting out last game, Pro Football Talk had reported that Charles could miss the rest of the preseason but head coach Andy Reid just wants to take it day by day. The coaches will see how he does, how he feels after each practice, and determine if Charles is ready to go against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the meantime, #25 gave his input on how he's feeling.
"I'm doing fine. 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. Just trying to make sure I do all the right things and get my body taken care of."
If Charles were to miss the final two games of preseason, it wouldn't be a bad thing. The guy is so valuable to the team and to the offense that without him, it would change a lot that coach Reid wants to do. Rookie RB Knile Davis is the backup but he is still getting his feet wet at the pro level. Dropped passes and hanging onto the ball are issues Davis is working towards getting better on, but as with all rookies, it's a learning curve when they enter the NFL. So the Chiefs need Charles to be healthy when the games count and if it means to sit him the rest of August to get him back to 100 percent, then that's the right move.
On the contrary, time missed in Andy Reid's offense is difficult to gain back. Every rep counts especially with a new system, new quarterback, new philosophy, and new coaches. There's no question the significance of getting all the starters together to build chemistry and trust for when it comes to game-day. We all got a glimpse of Charles in the new offense against the Saints in which he reeled in a few passes while scoring on the Chiefs opening drive in the only action the first team offense saw. If that was any indication of what's to come, 25 is crucial to the success of this team. So if he is not healthy enough for game action yet, then waiting until he is at full strength is what's important.
For some reason, this injury was one of the weirdest Jamaal has endured. He mentioned it started from his foot and now is stuck in the middle of his right leg. But he also said it's been getting better everyday. So there is no rush to get him back on the field until September 8th, the first Sunday of the regular season.
We don't want to witness another Week 2 @ Detroit in 2011.
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