KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Just a few days after having the best game of his NFL career, Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe McKnight ruptured an Achilles tendon in practice and is likely done for the season.
“We’re trying to determine when he’ll have surgery and who will do the surgery and all that stuff,’’ Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said.
McKnight played a big part in the Chiefs’ first win of the season last Sunday against the Dolphins in Miami. They played without Jamaal Charles, and McKnight replaced him as the back in many passing situations.
McKnight had two receiving touchdowns and caught four other passes in a 34-15 victory.
“It’s a natural talent to him,’’ offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said of McKnight’s receiving ability. “It comes easy to him. He brought a whole [different] skill set that we were able to use [last] weekend.
“We saw it back in [offseason practice]. We felt like he could be a guy that could give Jamaal some much-needed rest during the game and keep him healthy and fresh during the second half of a game. Then to come out and do what he did last week was just a great effort.’’
Charles appears as if he will play in Monday night’s game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium. He led the Chiefs in receiving last season and can do for the Chiefs much of what McKnight did as a receiver.
The problem comes if Charles doesn’t play. Knile Davs rushed for 132 yards against Miami but has dropped some passes and isn’t as good as Charles or McKnight as a receiver.
“He’s working at it,’’ Pederson said. “It’s a focus and concentration thing. You take your eye off the ball and you’re going to drop it. It doesn’t matter who you are.’’