Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who suffered a quadriceps injury against Jacksonville, did not fully participate Wednesday in an afternoon practice, according to an injury report released by the team.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
“Really, the only injury is Jamaal,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said before the afternoon practice. “We’re just taking it slow. I think he’ll be OK for the game. We’ll just see how it all works out.”
Charles, who carried the ball 16 times for 77 yards and a touchdown, fully expects to play against the Cowboys on Sunday. He wore pads and participated in some light drills in the 20-minute portion of the practice open to the media.
“It’s going to be an exciting week,” Charles said. “We’re at home to play our very first game. With a new coach, new players … I’m hyped up, I’m excited. I wouldn’t miss this game for nothing.”
Charles, a native of Port Arthur, Texas, is especially looking forward to facing the Cowboys, though he was not a Cowboys fan growing up.
“I used to play against the Cowboys when I was a small, there was a Pop Warner team named the Cowboys, and I never did like the Cowboys,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to play somebody in Texas. You’re from Texas … all your Texas family and friends will be watching to see how you do.”
Houston honored after big week
Reid announced that outside linebacker Justin Houston has been chosen AFC defensive player of the week after his impressive three-sack performance against the Jaguars.
“It’s a tribute to him,” Reid said. “I mentioned this to the team, I thought the best thing that he did was he complimented his teammates. He gets it. He understands that if you’re gonna have individual success, the fellows around you have also got to be doing their part.”
Reid was also impressed with Houston’s performance, obviously.
“I’m proud of him for the day he had,” Reid said, “and really the day that the defense had.”
The Chiefs’ defense held Jacksonville to 178 total yards, forced two turnovers and kept the Jaguars out of the end zone.
Reid ready for first home game
Reid has been to Arrowhead Stadium as an opponent when the place is rocking. Let’s just say he now hopes to benefit from that Sunday, when the Chiefs host the Cowboys.
“I’m excited to experience this part of it,” Reid said. “I’d rather be on this end than the other end. I know how loud it can be. I look forward to bringing other teams in here so they can experience what I experienced.”
Guard Jon Asamoah (calf) and linebacker Nico Johnson (ankle) practiced Wednesday. Rookie tight end Travis Kelce, who did not play Sunday due to a knee injury, was limited.
Cornerback Dunta Robinson was excused Wednesday for personal reasons. Defensive end Allen Bailey, who left the team for a non-injury related issue last week, is back and ready to practice.
Safety Husain Abdullah (foot), linebacker Dezman Moses (toe) and tackle Donald Stephenson (shoulder) all practiced.
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