Jamaal Charles wasn’t able to practice for the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, but it turns out his foot injury that caused him to leave practice early Monday isn’t considered serious.
Rick Burkholder, the Chiefs trainer, updated reporters on what he is classifying as a foot strain.
“His ankle ligaments were fine,” Burkholder said. “He had some pain on the outside bone of his foot. We did an X-ray. That was negative. There’s a tendon that attaches right at that spot and that’s what is sore right now. That’s why we call it a strain.”
How little are the Chiefs concerned about any of the soreness lingering? Charles might practice — even if in a limited capacity — Wednesday morning.
“We may get him out here and move him around. He may take the whole (practice). We may hold him back, depending on his symptoms,” the trainer told reporters. “We don’t determine anything the night before. That frees the doctors and my crew to look at him and use our best judgment, and then we go from there.”
Even though all the news has been positive for Charles since he was carted away from practice, the Chiefs would be wise to be very cautious with their star. He is still learning a new offense, but it’s not going to kill them to sit him out at least until practice starts back up again next week.
Giving Charles an extended rest would not only help his foot heal, but give Knile Davis, Shaun Draughn and Cyrus Gray more reps. There will be carries to have behind Charles and all three are fighting for those, so the game against the Niners is a huge opportunity for someone to stand out.