Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 2:03pm
Charles did not make the trip to Carolina for Sunday's preseason game after getting hurt on the final day of practice at Missouri Western. The Chiefs resumed training camp at their own facility in Kansas City in anticipation of Saturday night's game against Minnesota.
With Charles out, Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray have been getting the majority of snaps.
Monday, August 18, 2014, 9:17am
The Chiefs miss RB Jamaal Charles, who didn't make the trip to Carolina because of a foot injury. And they miss him most in the passing game, where Knile Davis so far hasn't shown the niftiness on screens -- at least the ones that aren't wiped out by holding calls -- to make something happen by himself the way the speedy Texan does, nor the technique to provide ideal last-ditch cover for Alex Smith in the pocket.
In eight preseason quarters, the Andy Gang has one red zone scorer -- and it's Cyrus Gray.
The Chiefs have struggled in the red zone this preseason. Although it's only preseason, we'll have to see if this tendency continues into the regular season. Andy Reid had similar problems in Philly, keep in mind. Having a healthy Charles will be a big help.
The Chiefs will be without their top offensive player in Sunday night’s exhibition at Carolina. Tailback Jamaal Charles will not play vs. the Panthers because of a bruised foot, multiple media outlets reported on Sunday.
The good news? Charles’ injury looks to be minor. According to ESPN.com’s Adam Teicher, the club “didn’t appear concerned that the injury was serious.”
Per B.J. Kissel of the Chiefs’ website, the decision to hold out Charles was “precautionary.”
Second-year pro Knile Davis is the top backup to Charles and Sunday night will be a good chance to see what he can do. The Chiefs also have Cyrus Gray, De’Anthony Thomas and Charcandrick West in reserve at tailback. The team called the injury a "freak thing" because he actually hurt it after practice moving out of his dorm room, the latest reports said.
As outlined in our Who's Motivated? article this week, the Chiefs have nothing to play for today with their playoff spot locked up. As a result Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles & Dwayne Bowe are inactive. Knile Davis should see the bulk of the carries with Cyrus Gray also in the mix. Chase Daniel will start at QB. Avoid all Chiefs if possible as this is an unpredictable fantasy situation.
A league source tells PFT that Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not play against the 49ers in the Alex Smith Bowl on Friday night as a result of the foot injury he suffered earlier this week. As coach Andy Reid said on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN earlier this week, Charles would play if this were a regular season game but it isn’t and there’s not much sense risking further injury to a player who will do a lot of heavy lifting on offense for K.C. this season.
Third-round pick Knile Davis will get a chance to show off his skills in Charles’ absence with Shaun Draughn and Cyrus Gray also moving up a notch on the depth chart for this game and, it seems, the rest of the summer.
There's no point in bringing Charles back unnecessarily for a meaningless preseason games. The Chiefs know that he'll be able to do what they need him to do when the games start to count.
RB Knile Davis, the Chiefs' third-round draft pick, stepped into Jamaal Charles' place with the first-team offense for the remainder of Monday's practice. Davis had already moved past veteran Shaun Draughn and second-year running back Cyrus Gray to No. 2 on the depth chart.
"He went down. I had to get in, step in and play my role," Davis said. "[Reid's] whole goal was to build a team where if one man went down the next man would step up."
Reid said that the reps that Davis got with the first-team offense were invaluable.
In Philly, Andy Reid always had a reliable backup to Brian Westbrook in Correll Buckhalter. When BWest would go down, Buck always stepped in and got the bulk of the carries as Reid rarely, if at all, used a committee approach at RB. If you're a Charles owner, Davis may be a guy to target late in drafts as a potential handcuff. He should be around very late, and you may even get a lot of "who?" responses...
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 3:08pm
Jonathan Baldwin will see lots of work with Dwayne Bowe sidelined.
Friday, December 14, 2012, 7:39pm
Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6:34pm
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 7:20pm
Monday, November 12, 2012, 7:16pm
Matt Cassel starts at QB with Brady Quinn out.
Friday, October 12, 2012, 7:06pm
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:22pm
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 7:00pm
Chiefs RB Shaun Draughn (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Peyton Hillis (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. If neither Hillis nor Draughn can play, Cyrus Gray would be the primary backup to Jamaal Charles.
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