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Chiefs' Albert stands up for Charles

09/08/2013 4:44 PM

09/09/2013 8:35 AM

Even Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert will debate the wisdom of the way on Sunday that he defended teammate Jamaal Charles, shoving Jacksonville defender (and former Chief) Jason Babin after he put some gratuitous extra oomph into taking down Charles in the third quarter near the Jaguars' sideline.

“That could have cost the team,” said Albert, who avoided being penalized on the play.

But it’s hard not to understand where it came from.

“I felt like, `That’s my man.’ I’d come to the defense of any one of my teammates; I just thought it was a little dirty. That’s what it was,” Albert said after the Chiefs stomped Jacksonville 28-2. “It probably was kind of borderline what I did, but, you know, I’m not going to let anybody do that to my teammates.

“Sometimes you’ve got to do that, you know, to let people know you can’t do that to your teammates.”

Just the same, “Coach will probably say something to me about it.”

Even if so, Albert apparently would welcome it. After a turbulent offseason contract negotiation in which his future as a Chief was doubtful, Albert has embraced the new coaching staff and on Sunday shook off an early ankle injury to help escort the Chiefs to their biggest scoring outburst since 2011.

“I’m very revived,” he said. “I don’t want everybody to think that this one win is going to be everything. We’ve got a lot of work to do.

“But it feels good, at the same time. It feels real good. I didn’t want to take my pads off. I ain’t going to lie to you.”

Not even about whether he did the wrong thing for the right reason.

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