Charles wasn’t too efficient in 2016 (40 yards on 12 carries in three games), but he was coming off of a torn ACL, and eventually had to undergo another operation to get the meniscus trimmed in the same knee. He also had a “clean-up” procedure on his right knee. In his previous 20 games from 2014-15, he averaged 93.6 total yards on 16.9 touches en route to 18.1 FP per game. That’s more than what Devonta Freeman averaged as last year’s #6 RB. Charles turned 30 last December. If he's reasonably healthy, he'll serve as C.J. Anderson's backup. If he's fully healthy, he could easily win the job outright.
Charles is on the wrong side of 30 and is coming off of two knee surgeries. Still, other than 2016, he has averaged at least 5.0 YPC every season and should receive a good amount of attention on the free agent market. The move boosts Spencer Ware's stock, as he's the likely RB1 in Kansas City, pending the draft and free agency.
We expect Spencer Ware to carry the load for the rest of the season.
Knile Davis has come full circle.
The Chiefs traded Davis to the Packers at a time when it looked like Kansas City had a glut of running backs. But since then Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware have suffered injuries, leaving the Chiefs with little depth at the position. The return of Davis should improve that depth.
Davis was only available because of the odd journey he’s been on since the Chiefs traded him last month which saw stops with the Packers and Jets. Davis very well could be able to step in and get some work this week but he'll likely remain behind West and eventually Ware when he returns.
As we reported earlier, Charles is heading to the IR with the possibility of returning in eight weeks, but that's looking more unlikely with this news. As we said in an earlier post, it seems time to drop Charles from fantasy teams.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said it’s not necessarily a cause for alarm that running back Jamaal Charles went to see Dr. James Andrews, as he continues to gradually work his way back from last year’s torn ACL.
“I think it’s a positive thing,” Reid said, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star. “He’s been checking with Dr. Andrews. This person has done his surgery, which this isn’t uncommon. Let’s just figure out what it is and go from there.“He had a little swelling in it, so let’s figure out what it is.”
Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:30pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, out) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is out for Week 8. With Charles out, Spencer Ware is a great play against the Colts. Charcandrick West is even an interesting spot start since he’ll get the change-of-pace touches in the Kansas City backfield.
Just two weeks after logging a season-high in touches and snaps, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will miss Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts because of lingering problems in his surgically repaired right knee.
“The knee, it was up and down,” coach Andy Reid said. “We’ll just back him off here and see if we can’t get that thing to settle down.”
Reid added that Charles’ knee “acted up” during last weekend’s game, and the Chiefs want to handle that accordingly.
“Yeah, you have to be smart with it,” Reid said. “He might take a step back and come forward with something better. That’s what you try to do. We’re never going to put him out there if it’s not right. That’s just not going to happen. It doesn’t matter who the player is — that’s how we roll.”
Related players: Spencer Ware
This is not a surprise given Charles's limited involvement last week and the stellar play of Spencer Ware.
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:49pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. We’re not expecting an increased workload for Charles, who was extremely limited last week after experiencing swelling in his knee.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:04pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Charles was extremely limited in Week 7 after experiencing swelling in his knee. It doesn’t look like Spencer Ware is in any danger of losing his starter’s touches.
The Chiefs star running back got a single carry, as they work to protect him as he comes back from last year’s knee injury.
“Things were going OK, so I kind of let it ride there,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, via Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star. “His knee puffed up a little this week, and I’m trying to be as careful as we can with him, . . . and with him in my ear wanting to play.”
Swelling in his surgically repaired knee is obviously a concern, but the Chiefs have managed him carefully, with just 12 carries in the three games in which he has appeared. Ware has done a solid job as their lead back, and had 17 carries for 77 yards in yesterday’s win over the Saints. Looks like Ware will at least be a solid fantasy play until Charles' knee situation improves.
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.
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