Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles says he’s “80 percent” healthy after tearing his left ACL nearly eight months ago.
“I feel like I can do the same things my teammates do,” Charles said. “I do it without the coaches around. I catch balls, I cut, I do ladder drills and I’ve been doing this for like two months. So coaches weren’t there when I was back home working out, so whatever time that I need for my body to rest, I think it’s even better to wait it out for awhile.”
Charles reported to Kansas City lighter than anticipated, but is working to build back his weight with the team’s strength and conditioning staff.
Though he’s labeled his recovery at 80% complete, doctors have noted that Charles’ progress is moving ahead of schedule.
Charles has the advantage over Adrian Peterson because he got injured early in the season, so he has an extra four months to recover. He seems to be the safer pick at this point, especially since he's currently going in the late second round of fantasy drafts.