Did Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles Suffer A Concussion After His Monster TD Run On Sunday?
Did Jamaal Charles suffer a concussion after his monster TD run on Sunday? Charles appeared on the Dan LeBatard Show on ESPN Radio Tuesday to promote his sponsorship with Old Spice and revealed that he may have sustained one a few days ago.
Charles zigzagged his way around San Diego defenders and got popped while crossing the goal line for a 16-yard touchdown in the second quarter of a Week 7 victory over the Chargers. Take a look at the hit by Brandon Flowers, which actually knocked the San Diego cornerback out of the game with a concussion.
That run made him Kansas City’s all-time leading rusher, passing Priest Holmes for the record. He entered the game needing only 53 yards and finished with 95 yards on the ground.
I tried my best to transcribe Charles’ discussion with LeBatard and Stugotz despite him mumbling his answers a bit. The interview can be heard on this page. Here’s what he had to say about the hit.
Stugotz: Jamaal, how much did that hit hurt against San Diego this past weekend? It was a great play, maybe the best play of the weekend, but you leapt into the end zone and that guy decked you. How much did that hurt?
Charles: [chuckles] Man, it definitely hurt …. A couple of plays later I was just seeing light buzzes around my eyes and I was just trying to catch them. But I was like, ‘I’m in the game, so all right let’s go to the next play. Let’s get the ball and try to run it in.’
LeBatard: So you didn’t have to go through any of the concussion protocol or any of that? You avoided that by running to the sidelines and running away from the neurologists?
Charles: Definitely. I mean, I didn’t have a concussion, but it was definitely a hit that shocked me, but I don’t think I have to go through the concussion protocols and all that because, you know, I didn’t want to go through that again, like what happened in the (2013) playoffs. I was definitely fine, I think. I came out pretty good.
Charles, who already missed one game this season due to an ankle sprain, may not know the definition of a concussion. Keep in mind, Charles is no stranger to concussion controversies. He left last year’s wild-card game against Indianapolis in the first half with a concussion. The Chiefs lost that game, and later that week, he showed his frustrations on a radio show, claiming he did not suffer a concussion.
“I was trying to get back on the field,” Charles said. “I feel like I didn’t have a concussion. . . . You know the rules now. I started to get up and jog on the sideline, go up and down, up and down. Next thing you know they were like, ‘Let’s go to the locker room.’ And I went to the locker room, and next thing you know I didn’t ever come back. I was mad about that, but I can’t do nothing about it. You know what’s going with the NFL and the concussion stuff. You’ve just got to respect the NFL rules.”
Either he doesn't know what a concussion is or he must have some sort of contract clause that would give him a bonus for games played or yards. The harsh reality is that there’s always someone gunning for your job in the NFL, so players tend to keep hush about any possible injuries. Charles could be worried about losing playing time to Knile Davis, who you can make an argument has been just as effective running the ball for Kansas City as Charles has this season.
I checked NFL Game Rewind after that interview on ESPN Radio and noticed he only touched the ball twice in the fourth quarter. Here’s a GIF of another brutal shot he took to the head late in that game.
Immediately after that hit, Knile Davis took over for him and saw most of the work in the fourth quarter. Were team physicians checking him out for a concussion? Probably not.
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