Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, head coach Todd Haley confirmed Monday.
Charles injured his knee in Sunday's contest with the Lions. He planted awkwardly with his left leg as he went out of bounds and was carted off the field.
The fourth-year pro was coming off of an exceptional 2010 season when he led all NFL running backs with a 6.4-yard rushing average and led the Chiefs with 1,467 yards. This season, he had 83 yards rushing and one receiving touchdown.
Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster are expected to pick up the workload with Charles out.
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This could be the toughest blow yet for the Chiefs in an already difficult season where they have been outscored 89-10 in two losses. Jones is not the same runner he was a few years ago and McCluster has been used mostly as a wide receiver since he was drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft.
With playmakers Tony Moeaki and Eric Berry already out for the season and reported rifts between Haley and Scott Pioli, losing their most explosive offensive weapon could make last season's AFC West champion an early candidate for a top-five draft pick.