KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jamaal Charles took the handoff on the first play of the game, skipped to his right and found a crease. He slipped through the hole, made a subtle cutback and then raced to the end zone.
On that 80-yard touchdown run against Cleveland, Charles looked as good as ever.
What he's gone through made it even more impressive.
This is a running back coming off a torn ACL last season, and who is going against defenses every week that know the Chiefs are dependent almost solely on him. He's a guy operating behind a patchwork offensive line for a team that's lost 11 of its first 13 games.
He's also a guy running with a heavy heart.
Charles was friends with Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, and who helped introduce Belcher to his wife Tiffany's cousin, Kasandra Perkins. Two weeks ago Saturday, Belcher fatally shot Perkins in a home not far from Arrowhead Stadium, then drove to the team's practice facility and committed suicide as general manager Scott Pioli and coach R...