KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles came out banged up from Sunday’s loss against the Arizona Cardinals.
“His knee swelled up, the same one that he hurt last week,” coach Andy Reid said Monday. “The ankle that he had sprained earlier in the year, he had some issues with that on that one play during the game.”
Charles suffered the left ankle injury on the Chiefs’ second possession of the game after getting bent backwards in a pile.
The seventh-year pro briefly left the field and was taken to the locker room before returning. He went on to play in 50 of the Chiefs’ 65 offensive snaps, totaling 111 yards (91 rushing) and two touchdowns on 12 touches (10 carries, two receptions).
“He’s a bit tender today,” Reid said.
The original injury to Charles’ left ankle occurred in Week 2, which caused the star running back to not play in Week 3.
Kansas City will likely evaluate Charles’ availability for practice in the coming days. The Chiefs’ first practice is Wednesday when the team begins full preparations for Week 15’s game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium.
Meanwhile, defensive end Allen Bailey and wide receiver Junior Hemingway haven’t passed their respective concussions protocol tests.
“They’re still going through that,” Reid said.
Hemingway has missed two straight games since sustaining his concussion in Week 12, while Bailey missed Sunday’s game on the heels of his Week 13 concussion.
Jason Avant has filled in for Hemingway at the slot position. Vance Walker started Sunday in place of Bailey.