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Andy Reid says he’s not ready to pace Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 4:58 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 4:58 p.m.


Did Jamaal Charles play too long Sunday? Charles, the Chiefs’ biggest offensive weapon, picked up 17 and 33 yards on his final two attempts in the 45-10 win at Washington. The Chiefs ran one more play, and that was the end of the third quarter with the Chiefs leading 38-10. Charles didn’t get another attempt.

He finished the day with 19 carries for a season-high 151 yards and two receptions for eight yards.

“I thought it was the right time,” to take him out of the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday. “I’ve gone both ways, I’ve held people from games, and I’ve played people, just depending on what I feel we need to get ourselves ready, if we have that opportunity to continue to play (in the playoffs).

“We’re not there yet. I wasn’t thinking about that in this game.”

Reserve running back Knile Davis completed the scoring with a 17-yard run early in the fourth quarter — his first NFL rushing touchdown — and his 11 rushing attempts were a season high for the third-round draft pick from Arkansas.

The Chiefs seem to be showing more confidence in Davis.

“I just think it’s a matter of reps under his belt and production,” Reid said. “It’s getting used to the NFL, protections in particular. I think everybody’s got quite a bit of trust in him to go out there and do a good job.”

Status quo on injuries

No change on the injury list, Reid said. Offensive tackle Brandon Albert (hyperextended knee), outside linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) and tight end Anthony Fassano (concussion) were inactive Sunday. “Day to day with all of them,” Reid said.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/BlairKerkhoff.

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