Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles ran for 73 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Chiefs' 34-7 rout of the visiting St. Louis Rams in Week 8. Charles had been monitored for concussion symptoms after he took a hit to his helmet from San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers in Week 7.
Jamaal Charles scored two touchdowns in the Kansas City Chiefs' 34-7 win over the St. Louis Rams in Week 8 of the 2014 NFL regular season.
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Prior to the game, Charles had been monitored for a possible concussion, per The Kansas City Star's Kathleen Gier:
"Despite raising concerns about possible concussion symptoms at the beginning of the week, runnning back Jamaal Charles proved once again how vital his success is to the Chiefs while recording his longest rush of the season.
"Charles and the Chiefs recovered from sluggish starts and defeated the St. Louis Rams 34-7 on Sunday, capturing the Governor's Cup, which was awarded by Gov. Jay Nixon after the game. Charles, who recently became the team's all-time leading rusher, scored two rushing touchdowns and increased his season total to six overall, with four on the ground.
"'Offensively I thought we started out really sloppy and then picked it up as it went,' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. 'The offensive line settled in, and Jamaal did a good job.'
"Charles was limited to 15 yards in the first quarter in four carries and two receptions. Although he had fewer yards in the second quarter, he started to get more comfortable with a 1-yard touchdown run on the first possession.
"'They had a great run defense that flies to the ball fast,' Charles said. 'They have a great defensive line as well, so we knew we were going to have to find a way to get in the groove of our running game. I think our linemen did a great way of finding our way in the second half.'
"The Chiefs started to give Charles different looks in the second half, which led to three gains of 10 or more yards. He finished with 117 yards of total offense in 17 touches, with his longest rush of the season coming on a 36-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the fourth quarter. His longest was 26 yards against (the) San Francisco (49ers).
"'That was a blessing,' Charles said. 'I thank God for that, my linemen and Dwayne Bowe downfield. It was great team ball. If we can continue to play team ball, we will continue winning games like that.'
"Charles had 25 touchdowns since the start of the 2013 season, which is more than any other player in the NFL. Denver's Julius Thomas is second with 21.
"Charles is also one touchdown away from becoming the seventh player in franchise history with 50 or more offensive touchdowns."
According to an Oct. 22 update from ESPN's Adam Teicher, Charles did not have any concussion symptoms leading up to the Rams game after he took a helmet-to-helmet hit from San Diego Chargers corneback Brandon Flowers during their Week 7 matchup:
"Although Jamaal Charles showed no signs of a concussion when he was checked after a helmet-to-helmet hit he took from former teammate Brandon Flowers on Sunday, the running back was placed in the concussion protocol this week after comments he made Tuesday on ESPN Radio.
"Kansas City Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said Wednesday that Charles was placed in the protocol Tuesday and passed all the tests. Charles will practice Wednesday, but the team will continue to monitor his symptoms.
"'We're not classifying him as having a concussion. But as with all of our players, I'll monitor him as he goes and he'll go through practice today,' Burkholder said.
"Burkholder said Wednesday that he chacked Charles after the hit and that the running back showed no signs of a concussion, although Charles said in an ESPN Radio interview Tuesday on the Dan Le Batard Show that he wasn't checked for a concussion Sunday.
"'When he got the hit, I obviously checked with him. He was fine,' Burkholder said. 'I know coach (Andy Reid) talked to him a good bit there. I came back and checked with him, consulted with our team physician. He was absolutely asymptomatic, wasn't complaining about anything.'
"Shortly after the Chiefs' 23-20 victory over the Chargers, Charles said the hit he took was no big deal. But he changed his story during Tuesday's interview.
"'It definitely hurt,' Charles said. 'A couple plays later, I just (saw) the light buzz around my eyes and I was trying to catch 'em. But I was like, 'Let's get the ball and run again.'
"Burkholder said Charles was placed in the protocol because of the comments he made Tuesday."
After Charles passed three separate tests, he told Teicher on Wednesday he does not have a concussion:
"I didn't have a concussion. It was definitely a hit that shocked me. I didn't think I had to go through the concussion protocol and all that because I didnt' want to go through that again. That's what happened in the playoffs. I was definitely fine. I think I came out pretty good.
"I could definitely play through stuff like that. It wasn't a concussion. If it was a concussion, I wouldn't remember the plays or remember none of my teammates' names or remember what sideline to go to. I definitely remember everything. It was just a huge hit."
Charles has rushed for 6,186 yards and 33 touchdowns on 1,120 carries in 86 career regular-season games for the Kansas City Chiefs, per ESPN stats.
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