Jamaal Charles thought he had serious injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Jamaal Charles thought the same thing many Kansas City Chiefs fans no doubt did when he had his left leg wrenched during a pile of humanity in the first quarter of Sunday’s 17-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

“It was scary at first,’’ Charles said. “I thought I tore my knee up.

“I just got twisted up. Everything got twisted up.’’

Those were sobering words coming from Charles, who knows what a ruined knee feels like. He tore his ACL during the 2011 season.

But this time Charles had a mere sprained ankle and he was able to return and finish the game. Charles didn’t get a heavy amount of use, with 10 carries and a pair of pass receptions.

But he rushed for 91 yards and scored both of the Chiefs’ touchdowns, one on a 63-yard run and the other on an 18-yard catch from quarterback Alex Smith.

Charles’ day appeared it would end shortly after it started. He at one point left the playing field for the locker room but returned in the second quarter.

“Sometimes you can feel something where you can’t go any more,’’ said Charles, who left an early-season game against Denver with a foot injury and missed the next week’s game in Miami as well.

“Sometimes you feel something like, ‘OK, maybe it’s just a thing, maybe a mind thing and maybe it’ll hurt for a little while and maybe you can come back.’ I had to see what it was. It was one of those things.’’