Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Until we hear otherwise, we’re assuming Charles is sitting out another week. Charcandrick West is banged up, so the team may elect to let Charles knock the rust off as Spencer Ware’s backup.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:34pm
That still could happen at some point during the season, once the Chiefs are convinced he’s the same player he was before the injury and ready for a big workload.
But it won’t happen immediately after his return. That would go against every cautious move the Chiefs have made with him. It would also ignore the contributions the Chiefs have received from their two other backs. That’s particularly true for Spencer Ware, who is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and is second on the Chiefs in receiving yards.
Related players: Charcandrick West
Both Ware and Charcandrick West are proven NFL backs now, seeing plenty of time the last two seasons. If Charles comes back this week, or whichever week, one has to assume he'll be eased back into action. The story suggested there will be some kind of rotation that would involve Ware over West since Ware is more of a change of pace to Charles.
Andy Reid gave his most optimistic answer yet to the weekly question of whether Jamaal Charles would make his long-awaited return for the Kansas City Chiefs in the upcoming game. The Chiefs play against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.
“He’s getting closer here,’’ Reid said. “I’m probably being overly cautious. There’s a chance he’s out there this week. We’ll see how it goes.’’
A more definitive answer will come on Wednesday, when the Chiefs begin their practice week in preparation for the Steelers game. Charles has been working mostly with the scout team during the practice week, the story said. Keep in mind, the Chiefs have a bye in Week 5 so it also seems possible he sits one more week to get some extra time off.
Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, doubtful) took limited practice reps all week and is doubtful for Week 3. There was some optimism late in the week, but it looks like Charles will miss Week 3. Spencer Ware is looking like a solid start despite a tough matchup against the Jets.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Charles is working “mostly” with the scout team again this week, so it looks like we’ll see Spencer Ware as the lead back again in Week 3.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Charles is working “mostly” with the scout team again this week, so it looks like we’ll see Spencer Ware as the lead back again in Week 3.
Jamaal Charles will do mostly scout team work in practice today as the Chiefs prepare for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Coach Andy Reid said Charles would also get a little bit of work with the starters.
Related players: Spencer Ware
It looks like we'll see Spencer Ware as the lead back again in Week 3.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Jamaal Charles is expected make his 2016 debut against the Jets in Week 3, something coach Andy Reid wasn’t willing to say when he met reporters on Monday. Reid said that Charles told him last week that he wasn’t quite ready to get back on the field yet, but that he’s “made a lot of improvement.”
Reid also said that the team wants to be sure Charles is fully recovered because “we’re not playing tiddlywinks” and that he thinks Charles will be the same player he was before the injury once he does return to action.
“Yeah, I think so — I think so,” Reid said, via the Kansas City Star. “I thought last week he looked good. Last week, you see him getting in and out of his cuts and looking like Jamaal. It’s just a matter of the endurance part and his security in how he feels about that, about the leg, and what the docs say.”
Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, doubtful) took limited practice reps all week and is doubtful for Week 2. Charles won’t play again this week, though he is practicing, so he’s working his way back. Spencer Ware will get the nod again after racking up 199 yards and a touchdown on 18 touches against the Chargers. He'll face a tougher test against a good Houston defense, especially with the Chiefs missing two starting offensive linemen.
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:05pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Charles is reportedly playing with the scout team, which isn’t a good sign for his Week 2 availability. Spencer Ware figures to carry the load against the Texans.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 8:02pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Charles is reportedly playing with the scout team, which isn’t a good sign for his Week 2 availability. Spencer Ware figures to carry the load against the Texans.
Chiefs RB Spencer Ware had seven catches for 129 yards against the Chargers. Combined with his 6.4-yards-per-carry average on Sunday, that type of versatility will make him difficult for the Chiefs to bump from the lineup, even when Jamaal Charles returns.
“He brings a lot of energy and he’s an emotional player,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “He has a knack for making plays when you need them.’’
This was a concern for Charles owners even before Week 1. With the team having two proven NFL backs in Ware and Charcandrick West in the fold behind Charles, it seems unlikely the team will go back to giving Charles a huge workload every week coming off an injury even when he's healthy.
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