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Jamaal Charles leaves playoff game with possible concussion

Jamaal-Charles-concussionKansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left Sunday’s opening-round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts with an apparent head injury early in the first quarter. Charles appeared to slam the back of his head into the turf on a run during Kansas City’s first drive.

Charles, who has accounted for more than 30% of the Chiefs offense this season, had to be helped off the field. He seemed woozy and was evaluated by a team trainer on the sideline for a few minutes. A trainer then took his helmet away and Charles was escorted to the locker room, presumably for further concussion testing. He looked visibly disappointed.

Charles is obviously the one player the Chiefs can ill afford to lose. He is a legitimate MVP candidate, having totaled 1,980 total yards from scrimmage this season despite missing a game. If he is unable to return, Kansas City would have to make some major adjustments.

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Jamaal Charles: Andy Reid probably wishes he was still coaching the Eagles

Andy-Reid-EaglesAndy Reid will likely be dealing with an odd range of emotions on Thursday night when his Kansas City chiefs head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. Reid will be patrolling the visitors’ sideline in a stadium where he spent 14 season coaching from the opposite side of the field. However, he claims he hasn’t given it any consideration.

“In this business you’re focused in on getting your team ready to play,” Reid said earlier this week, via ESPN.com. “That’s where my energy is going to go. I haven’t really thought about that other part at all. I don’t necessarily plan on thinking about that. I want to make sure I concentrate on the game at hand and anything else becomes a distraction and I’m not going to let that happen.”

Jamaal Charles isn’t totally buying it. In fact, the star running back said he believes Reid would still be coaching in Philly if he had his way.

“It means a lot, so I hope we go out there and play for our coach,” Charles told ESPN’s Ed Werder after Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. “You know what I’m saying? I know he has a lot of love for his Eagles, he worked there a lot of years and he probably wishes he was still coaching there.”

While that may not have come out the way Charles wanted it to, we understand what he’s trying to say. I’m sure Reid got tired of fans calling for his head and getting “Fire Andy” tattooed across their ass, but he took the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games. Ideally, the 55-year-old would have liked to win a championship in the place where he started his NFL head coaching career.

No matter what Reid says, Thursday is not just another game. Human nature would never allow it.

Jamaal Charles asked Peyton Manning for his autograph after loss (Video)

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Talk about the ultimate sign of respect. Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles hung around outside Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday to meet Peyton Manning to ask for the quarterback’s autograph.

Charles was caught asking for the keepsake by KCTV and tried brushing it off by saying it was for his mother. Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was less bashful. He asked Manning for a picture following KC’s 17-9 loss and didn’t think much of it.

“It’s a legend, I guess. It’s Peyton Manning. Who wouldn’t want a picture with him? If you had an opportunity, would you take it?” he said.

The truth is this sort of thing goes on much more than most people realize. Some players trade jerseys with opposing players after games, and many more ask for autographs.

Just because they are professional athletes doesn’t mean they can’t also be fans, right? At least Charles and Bowe weren’t as obvious about it as Tashard Choice was with Mike Vick a few years ago.

Helmet smack to Arrowhead Pride via Deadspin