— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 19, 2014
During a teleconference with the media on Monday, Andy Reid explained exactly what happened to his best offensive player and why he didn’t make the trip to Carolina for game two of the preseason.
Charles was carrying a box down a grassy null when he “rolled” his ankle along the curb. At first, it was reported that it was just a bruise he sustained to the foot but, from the sounds of it, it seems to be more of a sprain than anything.
The important thing is that Charles is fine, and him not making the trip nor playing in the game was just a matter of precaution. Charles did take part in the walk through portion this morning, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN but, will not be participating this afternoon.
Jamaal Charles is with chiefs as they go thru morning walk through
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 19, 2014
Charles accounted for 34% of the Chiefs offense in 2013 and earned himself a new contract extension that makes him the second highest payed running back in the NFL. I won’t be surprised to see him not play this week when the Chiefs host the Minnesota Vikings for their third preseason game.
Other players not participating today were Dwayne Bowe (quadriceps), Eric Berry (heel), Junior Hemingway (hip), Joe Mays (wrist), and Ryan McKee (knee). Getting everyone healthy before week one is top priority and not a one of these injuries seem too significant.