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Jamaal Charles runs away with AFC offensive player of the week

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Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles rushed for 233 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries in Kansas City’s Week Three upset of the New Orleans Saints. Charles averaged over seven yards per rushing attempt, and chipped in 55 more yards on six catches. He became just the second player in league history, joining Jim Brown, to exceed 225 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in the same game.

And for his efforts, Charles was named the AFC offensive player of the week.

The season remains young, but so far Charles’ 233 rushing yards and 288 yards from scrimmage are both single-week highs. He is now leading the NFL in rushing.

And Charles can expect to continue to receive voluminous workloads. Chiefs No. 2 running back Peyton Hillis suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s win and did not practice on Wednesday. Hillis was seen getting around in a walking boot following the injury and seems unlikely to play in Week Four against San Diego.