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Jamaal Charles | Running Back | #25

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
College: Texas
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (73) / KC
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Jamaal Charles (knee) remained limited at Wednesday's practice.
Another day, another limited practice for Charles. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher said it's "difficult to picture" Charles playing against the Steelers on Sunday night unless he returns to a full practice at some point during the week. Look for Spencer Ware to carry the mail again in Week 4. Sep 28 - 5:56 PM

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Speaking Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said "there's a chance" Jamaal Charles (knee) returns for Week 4.

It's basically what Reid's been saying for weeks. We'd bet on Charles missing his fourth straight game, and for Spencer Ware to once again carry the mail in Kansas City's backfield. Charles' status will be updated no later than Wednesday.
Sep 26 - 1:22 PM

Chiefs declared RB Jamaal Charles, OL Parker Ehinger, OL Jah Reid, QB Tyler Bray, LB Sam Barrington, WR De'Anthony Thomas, and CB Kenneth Acker inactive for Week 3 against the Jets.

The Chiefs will get RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif back after he sat out last week with an ankle injury, but he will not start. Charles saw some practice reps with the first-team and coach Andy Reid suggested he could be back next week, but his return date is still up in the air. Spencer Ware will continue to start as long as Charles is out.
Sep 25 - 2:57 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) is out for Week 3 against the Jets.

He was listed as doubtful on Friday despite seeing some practice reps with the first-team offense this week. Coach Andy Reid suggested Charles could play in Week 4 against Pittsburgh. Spencer Ware will carry the rushing load again on Sunday. For the season, he's out-touched Charcandrick West 30-16.
Sep 25 - 8:05 AM

Jamaal Charles (knee) is doubtful for Week 3 against the Jets.

Coach Andy Reid gave Charles owners some false hope Friday by hinting at a return in Week 3, but his doubtful listing confirms that won't be the case. Spencer Ware is looking at another week atop the Chiefs' running back depth chart. Charles has worked with the first-team offense at practice the past few days after being relegated to scout team duty the previous two weeks. He's getting close.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: The backfield will very likely be left to Ware and West yet again, although this is the toughest draw they've faced so far. The Jets haven't allowed much to opposing backs this year, holding them to a shade under 4.0 YPC on 29 totes, and they've struggled to get pressure on opposing QBs. They managed to hit Tyrod Taylor just once (no sacks) last week, setting up Alex Smith and Jeremy Maclin as sneaky GPP plays.
Sep 23 - 3:45 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid left the door open Friday for Jamaal Charles (knee) to play in Week 3 against the Jets.

"I think he feels like he can do it," said Reid. Reid also revealed that Charles began practicing with the first-team offense after working only with the scout team in the first two weeks of the season. Charles' role would undoubtedly be limited were he able to play against the Jets, but his progress is a very good sign. Spencer Ware should remain the Chiefs' lead back in Week 3. Charcandrick West would be more likely to lose snaps to Charles.
Sep 23 - 2:24 PM

When asked about Jamaal Charles' (knee) status for Week 3, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said "another week is going to help him."

Reid said Charles could play "today or tomorrow," but it looks like the Chiefs will err on the side of caution by keeping him out one more week. Charles practiced with the scout team on Wednesday, just as he did last week. With Charles a long shot for Sunday, Spencer Ware should see another heavy workload against the Jets in Week 3.
Sep 21 - 4:20 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) is again working with the scout team at Wednesday's practice.

Coach Andy Reid said Charles is getting better every day, and he'll get a couple first-team reps at Wednesday's practice. But he's still not ready. Odds are it will be Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West against the Jets.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 21 - 1:06 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday that Jamaal Charles (knee) "told him directly last week that he wasn't quite ready to play."

Charles clearly wasn't confident enough in his surgically repaired knee to give it a go against the Texans, and Reid remained noncommittal when asked if Charles will be ready to face the Jets. Once Charles is active for games, the Chiefs figure to ease him in slowly in a rotation alongside Spencer Ware.
Sep 19 - 3:51 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was noncommittal about Jamaal Charles' (knee) status for Week 3.

Reid acknowledged that Charles "looked better" at practice last week but wouldn't commit to a return date. Spencer Ware came back to Earth a bit in Week 2 and ESPN's Adam Schefter has already reported that KC's plan is to have Charles back for Sunday's game against the Jets. If Charles plays, he'll likely be in a committee with Ware.
Sep 19 - 1:17 PM

Chiefs declared Jamaal Charles (knee) inactive for Week 2 against the Texans.

This was always expected, but a Sunday morning report pegs Week 3 as Charles' return date. He will likely be in a timeshare with Spencer Ware once he returns, but Charles will be a must-start option if active. Kansas City also declared ILB Sam Barrington, OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OG Parker Ehinger, CB Kenneth Acker, QB Tyler Bray, and WR De'Anthony Thomas inactive for Week 2.
Sep 18 - 11:40 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jamaal Charles (knee) is expected to make his season debut against the Jets in Week 3.

That means the Chiefs won't have him for Week 2, which was widely expected after Charles was listed as doubtful on the team's injury report. Spencer Ware will have another full workload on Sunday, though it will come without two of his starting guards. He'll also be facing a tough Houston front seven. Coach Andy Reid has been noncommittal about Charles' role going forward. We're guessing he'll share work with Ware.
Sep 18 - 8:14 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid dodged a question about Jamaal Charles' (knee) role once he returns from injury.

Reid confirmed Charles worked mostly with the scout team this week in practice, but he avoided a question about a potential timeshare once his star back returns. "When he’s ready to go, he’ll be a pretty good player," Reid said in his non-answer. "So, when he’s ready to go, he’ll be ready to go." Charles is a special player, but he will almost certainly share snaps with Spencer Ware once he returns. If someone is still willing to pay an RB1 price, it is not a bad idea to sell on Charles.
Sep 17 - 9:37 AM

Jamaal Charles is doubtful (knee) for Week 2 against the Texans.

Charles was always a long shot for Week 2. He's been practicing on a limited basis though his return date is still a moving target. Coming off a 199-yard explosion against the Chargers in Week 1, Spencer Ware will be locked into another heavy workload Sunday and should be an RB1 in all formats.
Sep 16 - 2:25 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Charles isn't expected to suit up against the Texans. He remains week to week, and questionable for Week 3.
Sep 15 - 7:04 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Nick Foles
3Tyler Bray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Spencer Ware
3Charcandrick West
4Knile Davis
GLB1Spencer Ware
2Jamaal Charles
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Charcandrick West
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2De'Anthony Thomas
3Demarcus Robinson
WR21Chris Conley
2Albert Wilson
3Tyreek Hill
WR31Albert Wilson
TE1Travis Kelce
2Demetrius Harris
3James O'Shaughnessy
4Ross Travis
LT1Eric Fisher
2Bryan Witzmann
LG1Parker Ehinger
2Zach Fulton
C1Mitch Morse
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
2Jah Reid
K1Cairo Santos