After dropping to 1-4 after an 18-17 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon, you have to figure that the Kansas City Chiefs will be coming into TCF Bank Stadium to face the Minnesota Vikings in a relatively bad mood.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, it appears that they're also going to be coming into TCF Bank Stadium without the man that is, by far, their biggest offensive threat.
According to our friends at Arrowhead Pride, along with numerous other sources, Chiefs' head coach Andy Reid confirmed that running back Jamaal Charles has suffered a tear to his right ACL after a non-contact injury on Sunday afternoon.
Jamaal Charles went down with a no-contact injury to his leg pic.twitter.com/yB5hQlLXzb— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) October 11, 2015
The Kansas City offense has leaned heavily on Charles this season, on account of the fact that quarterback Alex Smith seems to be absolutely scared to death of the idea of throwing a ball more than five yards past the line of scrimmage. Charles has averaged at least five yards a carry in every season of his NFL career, and is one of the best and most versatile backs in the National Football League.
The Chiefs will probably go with a committee at running back in Charles' absence, likely with a combination of Knile Davis and Charcandrick West. Going into today's action, those two had combined for 42 yards on 14 carries, and they had 33 yards on nine carries on Sunday against Chicago.
Again, the Chiefs appear to have lost all-world running back Jamaal Charles for the remainder of the season, starting with next weekend's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Hopefully Charles has a speedy recovery and is ready to go again for the 2016 season.