When Jamaal Charles was carted off the field early in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions, the fear was that he would be the third Kansas City Chiefs star lost for the season to a knee injury. Those fears were confirmed after the game, with reports that the explosive running back tore his ACL as he was falling out of bounds.
The Chiefs have now lost three of their best players to a torn ACL: safety Eric Berry, tight end Tony Moeaki and now Charles.
A team that led the league in rushing a year ago, the Chiefs will now need Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster and Le’Ron McClain to step up. None of them will be able to give Kansas City what Charles did, but the offense can’t just pack up and start planning for 2012.
The Chiefs are a running team and that isn’t going to change now, especially since QB Matt Cassel has already proven through two games that he’s not prepared to carry the offense.