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Sunday, September 18, 2011
News keeps getting worse for Chiefs

By Bill Williamson

I’ve never seen anything like this.

Has a defending playoff team ever been in such a dire situation as the Kansas City Chiefs after two games?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Kansas City star running back Jamaal Charles is likely out for the year with a torn ACL. He was hurt early in the Chiefs' 48-3 defeat at Detroit on Sunday.

This is the latest dose of horrible news for the Chiefs, who have been beaten by a combined score of 89-10 in two games. In the final preseason game, promising tight end Tony Moeaki suffered a season-ending knee injury. Last week against Buffalo, safety Eric Berry was lost for the season with a knee injury.

Three torn ACLs in three weeks? It’s unthinkable.

Charles, Berry and Moeaki are three of the Chiefs’ core players. This is just too much for this team to overcome. It is clear 2011 will simply not be the Chiefs’ season after they were a surprise 10-game winner last season.

It’s shocking. It’s sad and it’s probably even a tad unfair. But it’s football.

Now, the Chiefs can only hope Charles comes back next year healthy. This is one of the NFL”s most dynamic running backs. He is only 24, but you have to wonder if he will lose any of his tremendous speed that makes him so special. Let’s hope not. Charles is one of the most fun players to watch in the NFL.

We’ll have to wait till next year to see. Until then, the Chiefs are going to have to find a way to handle this avalanche of horrible fortune.