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Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles misses preseason game at Carolina

08/17/2014 5:21 PM

08/18/2014 9:29 AM

Jamaal Charles sat out the Chiefs’ second preseason game Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers.

A team spokesman said Charles had a bruised foot that he suffered after Thursday’s practice, but the move was precautionary and the injury is not considered to be serious.

“He twisted his foot in kind of a freak thing, it was crazy,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the game. “It didn’t happen at practice — it was after practice as we were leaving.”

Charles, 27, accumulated 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns last season. He carried the ball three times for 12 yards and had two receptions for nine yards in the Chiefs’ 41-39 preseason win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 7.

Other players who sat included safety Eric Berry, defensive end Mike DeVito, receiver Albert Wilson, defensive end Mike Catapano, linebacker Josh Mauga, running back Joe McKnight and defensive end Kona Schwenke.

All of those players except for Wilson have recently sat out practices because of injuries, so their absences are no shock. Wilson, one of the breakout stars of camp, has an ankle injury but a team spokesman said he’s sitting out for precautionary reasons.

Receiver Junior Hemingway entered the game as the third receiver but left in the first half because of a hip injury.

Hemingway, who has also battled a hamstring injury in camp, was targeted once.

Starting linebacker Joe Mays suffered a wrist injury in the first half and did not return.

Mays, who has battled a sore knee in camp, finished with three tackles, including a high-effort sack of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton in which he whiffed on his first attempt, got up off the ground and chased him from behind before he finally corralled him.

Dividing up the work

Chiefs coach Andy Reid divvied up the snaps for his quarterbacks in a bit of an odd way Sunday.

Starter Alex Smith played all of the first half, backup Chase Daniel logged only one series and fifth-round rookie Aaron Murray handled the rest, with third-string quarterback Tyler Bray sitting the entire game.

But according to all involved, the way the reps were dished out went according to Reid’s plan.

“We knew that going in,” Murray said. “I knew it would be my chance to go out there and get some significant playing time. I had a lot of fun. I definitely had to go back, watch the film and learn from it, but it was an exciting day.”

Reid said since Daniel and Murray got their chance to play this week, Smith and Bray will get most of the work against the Vikings in the next game.

“There's a chance (Chase won’t) get too much playing time next week, neither will Aaron,” Reid said. “The majority will go to the other two guys.

“Tyler will work in next week, it will be his weekend.”

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