The Kansas City Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles is out with an injured ankle following Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. The running back exited the game in the first half and did not return. Denver went on to win the game 24-17.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@KCChiefs) September 15, 2014
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said Charles’ condition would be evaluated Monday morning.
According to Bleacher Report, Charles was dealing with a bruised foot in the pre-season, but it did not seem to affect his play. Other than that, writer Tyler Conway said Charles is typically in good health.
“Charles has suffered only one major injury in his seven-year career—a torn ACL in 2011 that caused him to miss 14 games. The former Texas star has otherwise played 15 or 16 games in every other season, so it’ll be interesting to see Charles’ prognosis after he undergoes further testing.”
As a popular player on fantasy teams, Charles will definitely be missed by fans. As Yahoo Sports writer Ben Rohrbach notes, the running back was drafted in every Yahoo fantasy league.
Sorry Jamaal Charles, I sealed your fate when I drafted you for fantasy
— Han Fire (@djarv21) September 15, 2014
Jamaal Charles is screwing my fantasy team every week. — Jordan Depew (@deepjord) September 15, 2014
Jamaal Charles has to be the greatest fantasy disappointment of all time…he’s absolutely destroying my team. — Riley Walters (@rwalters18) September 14, 2014
Charles was not the only one injured in the National Football League’s Sunday games. According to Yahoo Sports, he joined Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green, and Miami Dolphins’ Knowshon Moreno on the sidelines. Charles’ teammate, safety Eric Berry, also suffered an ankle injury.
The Chiefs will now rely on backup Knile Davis until Charles is back. However, as Bleacher Report explains, fantasy football players should not rush to pick up Davis.
“If the All-Pro running back is ready for Week 3, Davis’ fantasy value goes back into the tank… In the event Charles is forced to miss a few games, you should consider adding [Davis]. He’s available in 98.5 percent of NFL.com fantasy leagues at the time of writing, so you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not somebody else has already added him.”
So far, it’s been a disappointing NFL season for Jamaal Charles. As reported by The Inquisitr, Charles only had 11 touches in the first game of the season against the Tennessee Titans. In Sunday’s game, Charles only had two carries and a catch before succumbing to his ankle injury.
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