Blood trickles down his left shin as Jamaal Charles explains to a reporter why he’s wearing only a towel.
“Got these cuts” he says rubbing his arm and shoulder. “Can’t put clothes on just yet.”
Charles is headed to the trainer’s room soon. Bandages will keep him clean and protect his clothes. He just got out of the cold tub. Hopefully the swelling will stay down this way. Too early to know for sure.
Here’s what the Chiefs’ most irreplaceable player does know though: No new blisters on his toes which means the bottom of his feet aren’t more gruesome than before the Chiefs’ 24-7 win over the Raiders. By now that qualifies as good news.
“You don’t want to look at my toes right now” Charles says with a smile.
Charles’ pain is the collateral damage of a still-undefeated team without enough offense. This team is built around a vicious defense and with quarterback Alex Smith playing a second bad game in a row the Chiefs have no choice but to find out how much Charles can take.