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Jamaal Charles | Running Back | #25

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
College: Texas
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (73) / KC
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Speaking about Jamaal Charles' Chiefs future, GM John Dorsey said "we'll see."
"He's working like the dickens to get himself ready for 2017," Dorsey said of his star runner. "We'll see what happens in March, but right now I see him as a Chief." They're warm words, but the only real takeaway is that Dorsey didn't commit. The Chiefs can create $6.188 million in cap room by letting Charles, who has lost the past two seasons to knee issues, go. It's quite possible Charles remains in Kansas City, but it could require a new deal. Feb 9 - 1:57 PM

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The Chiefs can save $6.188 million in cap room by releasing Jamaal Charles this offseason.

Plagued by injuries to both knees, Charles has appeared in just eight games over the past two seasons. Kansas City is projected to enter the offseason strapped for cap room. Neither Spencer Ware nor Charcandrick West established himself as the answer to Kansas City's running game, however, and Charles just turned 30. While Charles' release does seem likely at this time, it's not out of the question that the Chiefs bring him to OTAs to gauge Charles' health.
Jan 28 - 10:07 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee, injured reserve) said he "still wants to play football."

This never seemed to be in question, but it is still good to hear. Charles underwent surgery to repair both menisci in November, but he likely could have gotten back on the field in the playoffs if the Chiefs had not been forced to use their return spot on a linebacker. Charles had only 40 yards on 12 carries this season and has played in just eight games the last two years. It is likely the Chiefs decide to move on this offseason, and Charles may have to settle for a prove-it deal on the open market.
Jan 10 - 9:04 AM

Jamaal Charles (knee, injured reserve) is done for the season.

There was hope Charles could be back for the playoffs but he won't be returning after the Chiefs activated ILB Justin March-Lillard from IR. Owed a $3 million roster bonus, Charles is a candidate for offseason release. Kansas City would save $7 million by cutting Charles.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 06:47:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there is a "very realistic" chance Jamaal Charles (knee, injured reserve) returns for the playoffs.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week Charles hopes to return for the postseason. The Chiefs have yet to use their return spot this season, but they do have two inside linebackers on injured reserve who are suddenly candidates for return following the season-ending injury to Derrick Johnson (Achilles'). Charles' return would be a big boost for the Chiefs, but he will not be helping any fantasy teams this season.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 10:30:00 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jamaal Charles (knee) is doing well in his recovery from knee surgery and hopes to be back for the playoffs.

It's a nice thought, but it's probably not going to happen. Charles has had two knee surgeries this year on top of the torn ACL that caused him to miss most of last season. It doesn't make much sense for the Chiefs to rush Charles back when he isn't even going to be the starter. If Charles does return this year, it will be as a change-of-pace option behind workhorse Spencer Ware. With all the injuries he's suffered over the years, it's fair to wonder how much Charles has left in the tank.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 03:51:00 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 04:53:00 PM

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
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 12:53:00 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
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 10:13:00 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.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 08:18:00 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.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 01:41:00 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.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 05:44:00 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.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 05:24:00 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.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 04:48:00 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.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 11:42:00 AM

Depth Charts

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PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Nick Foles
3Tyler Bray
4Joel Stave
RB1Spencer Ware
2Jamaal Charles
3Charcandrick West
4Darrin Reaves
GLB1Spencer Ware
2Jamaal Charles
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Charcandrick West
FB1Anthony Sherman
2Trey Millard
3Will Ratelle
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Tyreek Hill
3De'Anthony Thomas
4Kenny Cook
WR21Chris Conley
2Albert Wilson
3Demarcus Robinson
4Seantavius Jones
WR31Tyreek Hill
TE1Travis Kelce
2Demetrius Harris
3James O'Shaughnessy
4Ross Travis
LT1Eric Fisher
2Isaiah Battle
LG1Parker Ehinger
2Bryan Witzmann
C1Mitch Morse
2Zach Fulton
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
2Jah Reid
3Jordan Devey
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
2Josh James
3Joseph Cheek
K1Cairo Santos