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Chiefs Will Send RB Jamaal Charles To Injured Reserve

Posted Sep 19, 2011

Charles' season is over after suffering a left knee injury in Detroit


Chiefs head coach Todd Haley confirmed the bad news most already anticipated following Sunday’s 48-3 loss in Detroit. In addition to beginning the season 0-2, the Chiefs have lost another core member to a season-ending left knee injury.

The Chiefs received information back on Jamaal Charles’ injured left knee Monday afternoon and the damage is significant enough to send the All-Pro running back to injured reserve. Charles will miss the rest of the 2011 season.

 “It’s not good,” Haley said. “Jamaal will be placed on injured reserve. As I’ve said many times, we have got to pull together as a team and injuries are a part of this game. It’s unfortunate for Jamaal because I know Jamaal had high hopes, was excited and had worked very hard to take this to the next level.

“He won’t be able to do that (this season) and I know he’s hurting pretty good inside; he was after the game and today. That’s first and foremost how my feelings go, but for our team we must stop up as a team and move forward and find a way to play better football in general.”

A corresponding roster move is expected prior to Wednesday’s practice.

Unfortunately, Haley was forced to deliver near identical information last Monday regarding Pro Bowl SS Eric Berry. Kansas City has now lost three key players in as many weeks – Charles, Berry and TE Tony Moeaki – to season-ending left knee injuries.

“Injuries are a part of the game, sometimes through preparation and sometimes just through freak happenings,” Haley said.

But for the Chiefs, it’s almost as if they’ve been snake-bitten throughout the early-goings of 2011. The injuries have hit just as hard as the losses.

Overall, the Chiefs have now lost six players for the season (Charles, Berry, Moeaki, OLB Gabe Miller, T Ryan O’Callaghan and LB Brandon Siler). Only eight players finished the 2010 season on injured reserve and two of those injuries occurred prior to the start of training camp.

“We don’t feel sorry for ourselves at all,” LB Derrick Johnson said. “You can’t, because when you start feeling sorry for yourselves it’s going to be a long year and the outcome of the games is not going to change.

“We don’t want that to happen, so we’re going to go to work, keep a positive mindset and just do better.”

Charles was injured midway through the first quarter at Ford Field while lunging for a first down.

“Jamaal is a part of this team and a lot of guys respect him for the work he’s done and for the numbers he’s put up, but more than anything we all care for Jamaal as a person,” WR Jerheme Urban said. “When you see one of your fallen teammates you worry about their well being, but we have some capable guys in the backfield.

“Coach talks about it all the time, and if you go into any other NFL locker room they’ll talk about it as well; if somebody falls down, somebody else has to stand up. You feel for Jamaal as a teammate, but at the same time we all have to rally and everybody has to pick up their game and continue to play the season.”

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