Jamaal Charles: ‘I still want to play football’ despite injury setbacks
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles took to his personal blog this week to stress that he wants to continue his NFL career despite numerous injury setbacks over the past few seasons.
“What I do know is that I still want to play football,” Charles wrote in the essay. “I was only 29 years old this season. My goal right now is to just focus on the now and my rehab and let the rest sort itself out later.”
Charles, 30, has missed 24 games total over the past two seasons with his first setback coming with a torn ACL in his right knee during a game on Oct. 11, 2015. He last appeared in a game this season on Oct. 23 against the New Orleans Saints after appearing in only three games. He was placed on inured reserve on Nov. 1 when it was discovered he required additional surgery for a torn meniscus.
Charles reveals in his essay that he suffered the latest injury setback not during practice or a game but a post-practice session. He also details how he decided to shut it down following only one carry in his last appearance of the season and a troubling event that followed.
Charles says his daughter grabbed his leg while playing later that week, causing it to lock up.
“That really allowed me to put things in perspective as it related to my family instead of my career,” Charles wrote. “At the end of the day, my family comes first. We’re about to have a little boy. If I can’t play with him or my daughters, what am I doing?”
Charles is under contract next season with the Chiefs and counts for $7 million against the cap. With Spencer Ware filling in nicely in Charles’ stead as the Chiefs’ lead back and Charcandrick West serving as a capable backup, there appears to be more obstacles than his latest injury for Charles to overcome.
That said, Charles makes it plain in his essay this isn’t the way he wants his NFL career comes to an end.