Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left no doubt about his availability for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
When Charles was asked if he was 90 or 100 percent recovered from the bruised quadriceps injury he suffered in the season opener at Jacksonville, he coined a new measure for his status.
“I’m ready-to-play percent,” Charles said after taking a full load of work in practice on Friday.
Charles suffered the bruised quad when he was shoved out of bounds early in the third quarter at Jacksonville. The Chiefs were leading 21-2 at the time, and he carried just two more times before the coaches shut him down for the day with 77 yards in 16 carries.
“Injuries are part of the game, they’re going to come, and all I can do now is get myself healthy for this game,” said Charles, who also suffered a foot strain in preseason. “Things happen in the game you can’t control.
“You’re going to feel soreness … it’s the game of football. You just have to fight through it. I’ve been through tough things … and I’ve fought a whole bunch of stuff that has been hurting me. I’m a tough player. Nobody knows about it, but I’m really at tough player, and I fight through pain.”
Charles, who is from Port Arthur, Texas, and played in college at Texas, vowed earlier in the week that he wouldn’t miss Sunday’s game “for the world.”
“I’m really excited to play,” Charles said. “A lot of people from my hometown and a lot of people from Texas are going to be watching this game.”
Bray: ‘No comment’ on report
Chiefs rookie quarterback Tyler Bray, who Yahoo Sports reported received improper benefits in the form of $900 in wire transfers while playing at the University of Tennessee, declined comment on the allegations Friday.
One of his college teammates, defensive lineman Maurice Crouch, was ruled ineligible for Saturday’s game against Oregon while the university investigates the allegations against the Tennessee players.
Tight end Travis Kelce, who has a knee bruise, was the only player who was limited in practice on Friday and was listed as questionable on the Chiefs’ injury report. Cornerback Dunta Robinson was excused for the third straight day to attend to a family issue, and his status for Sunday is questionable.
Guard Jon Asamoah (calf), who missed last week’s game at Jacksonville, went through a full practice and is listed as probable, as is rookie linebacker Nico Johnson (ankle), who also missed last week’s game.
Dallas reported linebacker Ernie Sims (groin) as out and defensive end Anthony Spencer (knee) as questionable after a limited practice on Friday. Quarterback Tony Romo (ribs) and wide receiver Dez Bryant (foot) went through a full practice and were listed as probable.
Chiefs emphasize new bag policy
The Chiefs are reminding fans about the new NFL policy that limits the size of bags and purses they can bring into stadiums. Women are allowed to bring in clutch bags; and bags no larger than 12 by 6 by 4 inches.
“Some folks have maybe not gotten the word that maybe a large pocketbook, purse … will be a prohibited bag,” said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. “You can still bring the same items that you want to bring: your phone, binoculars or camera. It’s just the type of container … you carry them in fits within our policy.”
Based on last week’s opening games, Miller said fans were complying with the new policy.
“For the most part, fans chose not to bring any bags at all, which is what we would like them to do … because it creates a safer environment and speeds up entry.”
Miller suggested that if some members of a party do not have room in an approved bag they ask other members of their party to “utilize” one of their bags.
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