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Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles strains foot

Updated: 2013-08-12T19:48:05Z

By ADAM TEICHER

The Kansas City Star

— The Chiefs received a scare at practice Monday when running back Jamaal Charles was taken from the field by medical personnel because of a right foot injury.

Charles’ absence may not be an extended one, though. The Chiefs said X-rays were negative and that Charles had a strained foot.

Coach Andy Reid called Charles’ premature exit from practice and the X-rays “precautionary measures.’’ But Reid provided no timetable for Charles’ return.

Charles was injured early in the team portion of practice. He went to the sideline, talked with team trainers and then was examined by doctors in the medical tent adjacent to the practice fields.

Soon after Charles was taken from the field in a motorized cart.

Most of the snaps that would have gone to Charles instead were given to rookie Knile Davis. Some went to Shaun Draughn.

“It was good work for Knile today, if you want to take a positive out of it,’’ Reid said. “Draughn got some good work. It gives the others guys an opportunity to practice. That’s how I look at it. Knile, our young running back, got good quality work with the (starters).’’

Davis said he was comfortable with everything in the Chiefs’ playbook. But on one play shortly after Charles departed, Davis lined up in the wrong spot, forcing a brief interruption in practice.

“Everything is happening fast, especially when we’re on a fast pace,’’ Davis said.

To reach Adam Teicher, call 816-234-4796 or send email to ateicher@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/adamteicher.

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