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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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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Jamaal Charles' Monday knee operation actually increases the chances he returns this season.
We're not buying it. Per Rapsheet, Charles' Monday operation was a "trim" of his left meniscus. He had his right meniscus trimmed earlier this month. Maybe if the Chiefs make the Super Bowl Charles will be over his twin knee operations, but we are not expecting to see him again this season. Nov 17 - 4:53 PM

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Jamaal Charles underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday.

Charles had his right knee scoped earlier this month, and now he is getting the left knee done. There had been hope Charles would be able to return for the playoffs, but this all but rules him out for the season. He should have been dropped in all redraft leagues weeks ago.
Source: ESPN
Nov 17 - 12:53 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs are targeting a Week 17 return for Jamaal Charles (meniscus, injured reserve).

Charles had his meniscus trimmed instead of repaired on Wednesday, decreasing his recovery timetable from months to weeks. That means he could be available Week 17 if the Chiefs need him to earn a playoff spot. If they have already locked up a berth, he will be available for the postseason. Even though it looks like Charles will be able to help the Chiefs again this year, he is not going to be ready in time to help any fantasy teams. He can be dropped in all redraft leagues.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 6 - 10:13 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was "told" that Jamaal Charles (knee surgery) has "a shot to come back this year."

We'll believe it when we see it. Charles has undergone ACL surgeries on both of his knees, encountering multiple setbacks in his latest recovery. He was dealing with problems in both knees before being placed on I.R. and undergoing "exploratory" surgery on Wednesday. Charles is certain to miss at least eight weeks. Perhaps he could return for a bit role in the playoffs.
Nov 2 - 8:18 PM

Jamaal Charles is undergoing "exploratory" surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

Dr. James Andrew will perform the operation. Neither the Chiefs nor Andrews seem to know what's going on with Charles' surgically-repaired knee, and Andrews will now take a look inside to try and figure it out. Charles' season is likely over after he was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Nov 2 - 1:41 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Jamaal Charles needs a second operation on his surgically-repaired right knee.

It could be an exploratory operation, as ESPN's Ed Werder reports both the team and Dr. James Andrews have been unable to determine the source of Charles' continued pain. It's looking extremely unlikely that Charles will be a candidate for return from injured reserve in eight weeks.
Nov 1 - 5:44 PM

Chiefs placed RB Jamaal Charles (knees) on injured reserve.

Per ESPN's Ed Werder, both the team and Dr. James Andrews have been unable to determine the source of Charles' knee pain. The result is a minimum of eight weeks to heal on injured reserve. It's unclear if Charles will be a candidate to return. It effectively ends what's been a lost season for the 29 year old coming off his second career torn ACL. Barring a late-December return, Charles will head into 2017 having carried the ball 83 times since the end of the 2014 season. Kansas City moves forward with Spencer Ware as its workhorse and Charcandrick West as his changeup.
Nov 1 - 5:24 PM

Coach Andy Reid said Jamaal Charles (knee) will visit Dr. James Andrews to have his surgically-repaired knee "checked out."

Charles clearly isn't healthy and has been dealing with soreness in both of his knees. At 30 years old (in December), Charles has found it tough to get over the hump from his torn ACL. Charles' health is of more importance after Spencer Ware exited Week 8 against the Colts with a concussion. We doubt Charles is back for Week 9 vs. Jacksonville. He remains out indefinitely.
Oct 30 - 4:48 PM

Chiefs declared RB Jamaal Charles, QB Tyler Bray, OL Jordan Devey, CB D.J. White, OL Bryan Witzmann, TE Ross Travis and LB Sam Barrington in active for Week 8 against the Colts.

There are no surprises. Charles is week to week with his latest setback. Charcandrick West will back up Spencer Ware.
Oct 30 - 11:42 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid admitted Friday that Jamaal Charles' troublesome knee "acted up" in last week's win over the Saints.

The Chiefs made a big mistake pushing Charles to practice and play against New Orleans. He lasted only two snaps with one offensive touch before the knee "acted up," shutting down Charles for the rest of the game and for this week. It's to the point where fantasy owners can begin considering dropping Charles from 10- and 12-team-league rosters. Spencer Ware is the Chiefs' new offensive centerpiece with Charcandrick West behind him.
Oct 28 - 3:32 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) is out for Week 8 against the Colts.

Charles barely played last week (two snaps) and is clearly operating at far less than 100 percent. With Spencer Ware emerging as a dominant force out of the backfield, the Chiefs can give Charles as much time as he needs to recover. Charcandrick West will back up Ware Sunday in Indianapolis. It's starting to look like Charles won't be a factor at all this season.
Oct 28 - 2:09 PM

Jamaal Charles (knees) remained "limited" on Thursday.

Charles appears no better than 50-50 for Sunday's game against the Colts. If Charles does suit up, he won't be a viable RB3 after last week's two-snap debacle.
Oct 27 - 4:58 PM

Jamaal Charles (knees) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Charles played only two snaps despite being active last week. He's dealing with soreness in both knees and clearly isn't fully healthy. Even if Charles plays Sunday, he can't be trusted in the lesser half of a committee with Spencer Ware.
Oct 26 - 5:00 PM

Speaking Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid admitted Jamaal Charles (knees) essentially wasn't healthy enough to play in Sunday's win over the Saints.

"His leg wasn't feeling right," Reid said. "That was it." First off: Obviously. Second off, why was Charles even active if that was the case? Reid said Charles' knee "acted up" after Week 6, and was "up and down over the week." Reid went on to talk about saving bullets, etc. The reality is, Charles is a long way from 100 percent health, and Spencer Ware has conducted a hostile takeover of the Chiefs' backfield. For now, Charles is an RB3/4 stash.
Oct 24 - 1:18 PM

Jamaal Charles rushed once for no gain Sunday in the Chiefs' Week 7 win over the Saints.

He didn't see the field until the second quarter and wasn't targeted in the passing game. Charles operated as the Chiefs' No. 3 back behind Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West and was on the field for all of two snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Many reports suggested Charles wouldn't even play on Sunday due to renewed swelling in his surgically-repaired knee. Until Charles proves he's healthy, he belongs on the bench in all fantasy formats.
Oct 23 - 5:33 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Nick Foles
3Tyler Bray
RB1Spencer Ware
2Charcandrick West
3Knile Davis
GLB1Spencer Ware
2Knile Davis
3RB1Charcandrick West
2Spencer Ware
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Tyreek Hill
3Demarcus Robinson
WR21Chris Conley
2Albert Wilson
3De'Anthony Thomas
WR31Albert Wilson
TE1Travis Kelce
2Demetrius Harris
3James O'Shaughnessy
4Ross Travis
LT1Eric Fisher
2Bryan Witzmann
LG1Zach Fulton
C1Mitch Morse
2Mike Person
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
2Jah Reid
K1Cairo Santos