Chiefs' Charles leaves game with ankle injury

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) and Jamaal Charles (25) warm up prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Joe Mahoney

DENVER (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs have been hit hard by injuries for a second straight week, with All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles and safety Eric Berry leaving the game against Denver because of ankle ailments Sunday.

The team said neither player will return.

Charles was stopped on a run up the middle early in the first quarter and then hobbled to the bench. He was examined by the medical staff as Knile Davis replaced him in the backfield.

Kansas City was trying to get Charles more involved in the offense this week after giving him just seven carries against Tennessee. Charles rushed for 1,287 yards a season ago, third most in the NFL.

Berry was looked at on the sideline by the medical staff late in the second quarter, before taking the tape off his ankle and heading toward the locker room.

The Chiefs are already missing Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive tackle Mike DeVito as both ruptured their right Achilles tendons last weekend, ending their seasons.

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