Grieving Charles erupts in Cleveland

Saturday, Jamaal Charles was in Austin, Texas for the funeral of a family member, ending an incredibly sad and confusing week.

Sunday, in Cleveland, Charles did what he does best. He ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead over the Browns.

Charles and several other members of the Chiefs’ team flew to Cleveland on Saturday after attending the funeral of Kansandra M. Perkins. Perkins, 22, was murdered by her boyfriend Jovan Belcher, a starting linebacker on the Chiefs, last Saturday. Belcher then went to the team’s facility and killed himself. The team went to a memorial service for Belcher on Wednesday.

The tragedy was especially difficult for Charles. Perkins was the cousin of Charles’ wife, Whitney. Charles and his wife introduced Belcher and Perkins.

For Charles to be able to even suit up in the past two games is an accomplishment. For him to excel, is special.

In other AFC West news:

CBS Sports reports the Raiders won’t suffer financial issues if they cut linebacker Rolando McClain, He is eligible to return to the team Monday. If he is not cut, the belief is McClain may be inactive for the final three games of the season and then cut in the offseason.

The Chiefs released offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks and promoted wide receiver Josh Bellamy from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.