Sooner or later, the day will come when the Chiefs no longer build their running game around the talents of Larry Johnson.
That being the case, Jamaal Charles might be wise to consider Sunday’s game against the Jaguars an audition of sorts.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley might be looking at it that way. The game in Jacksonville will be their first of the season without Johnson, who is suspended. The Chiefs confirmed Monday they have reached a settlement with Johnson that will keep him out of Sunday’s game.
It also will be the Chiefs’ first look at Charles as their featured back. He’s been mostly a third-down back since joining the team as a rookie last year.
“I think this is an opportunity for Jamaal,” Haley said, “without a doubt.”