Chiefs running back De'Anthony Thomas finished Sunday with just one carry for one yard, failing to haul in his only target of the day. A report surfaced earlier in the week that Thomas could see some playing time in the backfield following the injury to Jamaal Charles, but his one carry Sunday tells a different story.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. With Charles suffering a torn ACL on Sunday, the Kansas City backfield will be left to Charcandrick West and Knile Davis. Charles tore his other ACL in Week 2 of the 2011 season, and he bounced back the next year to put up 1,745 scrimmage yards in a full 16 games. He'll be a 29-year-old running back coming off a second torn ACL, but even by NFL standards, he has uncommon athleticism.
An MRI has reportedly confirmed that Cheifs running back Jamaal Charles tore his ACL on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. With Charles thus on track to miss the rest of the season, Charcandrick West and Knile Davis are next up for the Chiefs' backfield duties. With that in mind, coach Andy Reid relayed via the Kansas City Star that the duo would continue to split time, though it's worth noting that on Sunday, West finished the day with 31 yards on seven carries, while Davis carried the ball just twice for two yards. "I'm not saying who is or is not the feature guy, but we need both of them," Reid stated Sunday, with reference to turning to a West/Davis backfield combo. "Both their games are different. We'll just see how that goes. You saw both of them played today, so we'll got back to the drawing board on that and get it right." While the situation plays out, both West and Davis slot in as high-priority targets in leagues where they remain available, with West perhaps the higher percentage play, based on Week 5's box score, but not necessarily a lock to dominate the team's carries moving forward, given Davis' previous experience filling in for Charles.
Initial tests indicate that Chiefs top back Jamaal Charles suffered a torn ACL in the Sunday game against Chicago, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Charles has an MRI on tap, but things don't look good for him at this point. The team turned to Charcandrick West as the featured back immediately upon his departure.
Charles was forced out of Sunday's game against the Bears with a knee injury. He will not return to the contest. Charles was unable to put pressure on his right leg as he left the field Sunday, so at first glance it looks like the Chiefs' star running back could miss some time. Look for the Chiefs to update Charles' status after the game, though for now, the team's backfield is in the hands of Charcandrick West and Knile Davis.
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