About the same time Chiefs unleashed a collective groan when it was determined that Jamaal Charles suffered a concussion during a 45-44 first-round loss to Colts, it turns out the team's star running back was doing the exact same thing. “I was trying to get back on the field,” Charles said told KCSP (610 AM) on Tuesday. “I feel like I didn't have a concussion. I kind of got (woozy), like a boxer. Just give me a 10 count and let me get back in the ring and let me fight again.” The Chiefs obviously disagreed. Charles went down hard only six plays into the game and never returned. “I started to get up and jog on the sideline and go up and down,” Charles said. “Next thing you know, they're like ‘Let's go to the locker room.’ And I went to the locker room and never came back out. I was mad about that, but I can't do anything about it. You know what's going in the NFL with the concussion stuff. You've just got to respect NFL rules.” Indeed. A judge recently rejected a $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims from past players, saying it was too low, and the Chiefs will soon be fending off a workers' compensation lawsuit filed by several former players related to the team's handling of concussions. Charles, however, said he did all he could to return to the game. “I tried (to talk my way back into the game),” Charles said. “But it was on national TV, they saw me get a little woozy. Once they saw that right there, they told me no.
Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles doesn’t think he suffered a concussion against Colts
Kansas City Star | Jan 29