Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:26pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 7. Charles apparently has swelling in his knee and is questionable for Sunday. If he sits, Spencer Ware should see a big workload against the Saints with Charcandrick West serving as his primary backup. The Chiefs play early on Sunday.
We're assuming that the swelling is in the recently repaired knee, though he has torn both ACL's so it really doesn't matter -- swelling is swelling. If he's out, look for Spencer Ware to see a huge workload against the Saints with Charcandrick West serving as Ware's backup. The Chiefs play early on Sunday.
It's not the world's sexiest trade, but it is for a big name at a skill position, meaning it raises plenty of eyebrows.
With James Starks apparently out multiple weeks and Eddie Lacy banged up, the Packers needed help at the position. The Pack used Randall Cobb and especially Ty Montgomery out of the backfield last week against Dallas but Lacy was the only active RB for Week 6. Davis can help right away but may not have an immediate fantasy impact until he knows more of the playbook. As for the Chiefs, Davis was behind Charles, Ware and West on the depth chart.
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles carried the ball nine times in Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. That’s seven more times than Charles carried the ball in the Kansas City Chiefs' previous game, a 43-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But it’s not as if the Chiefs took the training wheels off Charles or let him ride, as the veteran running back urged his coaches to do last week.
Charles was plan B for Spencer Ware as the featured back against the Raiders, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid suggested it might be that way again for this Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints at Arrowhead Stadium
“Is he ready to carry it every down? I don’t think that’s where we’re at right this minute," Reid said. “But he got more carries than he did against Pittsburgh."
As the story said, the Chiefs didn't need Charles in their win over the Raiders. So any kind of lopsided score could mean Charles doesn't get on the field much in any kind of blowout, even as the season goes on. The story said the team feels they can proceed slowly with Charles and likely will, especially with Ware as a more than capable backup.
The two combined to rush for 164 yards, with 131 from Ware, and they each scored a touchdown in Kansas City’s 26-10 win over the Raiders that boosted the Chiefs' record to 3-2 and helped put them back squarely in the AFC West race.
“We have a lot of talent in our backfield and our offense will try to utilize everybody,” Ware said. “Jamaal did a good job as far as what he was asked to do. I feel like I did a good job.”
The two seem to complement each other well. Charles has the speed and big-play ability, Ware the power and the ability to get tough yards. Ware still had the bigger day and more touches, but that could be something that evens out as season goes on. It's also possible in more lopsided games like Week 6, Charles won't see a lot of time as a way to protect him. For now, Ware certainly seems like a usable fantasy option.
Specifically, he felt completely healthy in his first game back from last year’s torn ACL.
“I feel like I’m 100 percent,” Charles said, via Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star. “The plan was to put me in the game more. I knew I wasn’t going to start. It was to get my feet wet again.”
Related players: Spencer Ware
Once the game got away from the Chiefs, Charles wasn't going to see the field and ended up with just two carries. Spencer Ware had another fumble which may only help Charles workload going forward. According to the story, the team wanted to get through the bye week before getting Charles on the field but Charcandrick West was inactive. Expect more touches for Charles in Week 6.
Relate players: Jamaal Charles
Charles was expected to play this week and will in fact make his 2016 debut in Week 4. Reports say Charles will play between 10-15 snaps, making him only a deeper league option if needed, but owners should really take a wait-and-see approach. Spencer Ware likely gets a bulk of the rest of those snaps with West not active.
Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:26pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 4. According to Adam Schefter, Charles will play on Sunday night. Charcandrick West (ankle, out) is out, so the team may elect to let Charles knock the rust off as Spencer Ware’s backup. We don’t see this as a big downgrade for Ware.
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.
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