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Jamaal Charles | Running Back

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
College: Texas
Contract: view contract details

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Jamaal Charles' high-ankle sprain "doesn't look to be a real severe one."
"But it does have the component of a high-ankle sprain," Reid added in fluent coachspeak. Regardless of Reid's remarks, high-ankle sprains are multi-week injuries, and typically require at least a month's absence. If Charles can come back sooner, the Chiefs may have been stretching the definition of "high-ankle sprain," much like the Bills seemed to do with C.J. Spiller in 2013. Either way, fantasy owners should plan on being without Charles for at least the rest of September. Backup Knile Davis is this week's top waiver add. Sep 15 - 2:14 PM

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday that Jamaal Charles has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain.

We're considering Charles "week to week" moving forward, but there are indications Charles' high ankle sprain is on the mild side of the usual 4-6 week timetable. Knile Davis will step in as Kansas City's every-down back in the meantime. He'll be a legit RB1 for as much time as Charles misses. Charles' fantasy owners need to sit tight and keep him rostered as an injured RB3.
Sep 15 - 1:11 PM

A source confirms to PFT that Sunday X-rays on Jamaal Charles' ankle were negative.

As reported Sunday, it's a sprain that knocked Charles out of Sunday's loss to the Broncos. The severity of that sprain will be known after further testing Monday. Talented backup Knile Davis came on to total 105 yards and two touchdowns on 28 touches in relief. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Charles' timeline will be based on how he feels and how he can move on it.
Sep 15 - 9:11 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, "early indications" are Jamaal Charles' ankle sprain is "mild."

The same goes for SS Eric Berry, who like Charles exited Sunday's loss to Denver and did not return. Per La Canfora, the team is "hopeful neither will miss significant time." Charles is believed to be scheduled for a Monday morning MRI. It does sound like Charles has a shot to play in Week 3 at Miami, but Knile Davis needs to be owned everywhere. The fact that Charles never reentered after the first-quarter injury suggests he was in a lot of pain.
Sep 14 - 9:42 PM

Coach Andy Reid said Jamaal Charles suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday's Week 2 loss at Denver.

It must be a pretty good sprain, as Charles left in the first quarter and was ruled out for the day shortly thereafter. Talented backup Knile Davis came on to total 105 yards and two touchdowns on 28 touches. Consider Charles very questionable for Week 3 at Miami as we await the results of a Monday morning MRI.
Sep 14 - 8:07 PM

Jamaal Charles exited Sunday's Week 2 game against the Broncos in the first quarter with a left ankle injury and will not return.

Charles hobbled to the training table in the first quarter before making his way to the locker room. He didn't need a cart, but Charles could be dealing with a sprain. Knile Davis has been filling in admirably for Charles, tallying 76 yards and one touchdown on 17 touches with over 9:00 left in the first quarter. Charles should be considered highly questionable for Week 3. Davis would immediately enter into the RB1 conversation as the offensive centerpiece.
Sep 14 - 4:54 PM

The Broncos' defense expects Jamaal Charles to get "a lot of touches this week."

"We definitely know they’re going to have a heavy gameplan for Jamaal," said Broncos CB Aqib Talib. It is the logical conclusion after coach Andy Reid called it "negligence" that Charles only saw 11 touches Week 1. Charles will be force fed the ball against Denver, and remains an elite RB1 despite the tough matchup.
Sep 13 - 11:02 AM

Speaking Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid admitted it was "negligence" to give Jamaal Charles just 11 touches in Sunday's loss to the Titans.

Specifically, Reid said it was negligence on his part. It's good to see Reid take accountability for one of Week 1's worst decisions, but it's still baffling he didn't realize the error of his ways on Sunday. Regardless, a corrective is coming in Week 2 against the Broncos. The only problem is, the Chiefs could have a hard time keeping things competitive. Either way, JC is going to be force fed the ball, and remains an elite RB1.
Sep 8 - 1:17 PM

Jamaal Charles was limited to 19 yards on seven carries and four catches for 15 yards in the Chiefs' Week 1 loss to Tennessee.

The Chiefs' offensive line got no movement in the run game and Charles was obviously underutilized on a day where Donnie Avery was targeted 13 times. This isn't the way Kansas City needs to play to be competitive on a weekly basis. Put simply, Charles needs the ball more. He takes on the Broncos next in what may be a difficult matchup, but should be a high-scoring game.
Sep 7 - 6:10 PM

Jamaal Charles (foot) isn't expected to play in Saturday's third preseason game.

Neither is Dwayne Bowe. Charles' foot is no longer an issue; he's simply getting the Adrian Peterson treatment. The Chiefs have experienced plenty of turnover on the offensive line, but Charles is still a top-three fantasy back.
Aug 22 - 10:37 AM

Jamaal Charles (bruised foot) returned to Chiefs practice Thursday.

Charles will sit out Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings, but is over his dorm-room "injury." As you were.
Aug 21 - 3:40 PM

Jamaal Charles (bruised foot) is day to day, and could be held out of Tuesday's practice.

Charles suffered the injury in the process of moving out of the Chiefs' training camp dorm. Although coach Andy Reid has copped to "some concern" initially, X-rays and an MRI both came back negative. Even if Charles is held out of this week's regular-season dress rehearsal, there's no reason for him to fall out of the top three in fantasy drafts.
Aug 18 - 2:04 PM

The Chiefs are holding Jamaal Charles out of their second preseason game with a bruised foot.

His absence is precautionary. It'll give us a look at Knile Davis, a second-year back with big-time measurables who scored four TDs in two spot appearances last season. Charles should be 100 percent for the third preseason game.
Aug 17 - 5:14 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid told USA Today he's "comfortable" if Jamaal Charles hits 320 touches for the third straight year.

Charles has shown the ability to handle heavy workloads while staying upright, and is peaking at age 27 -- historically the prime year for running backs. Reid says he's particularly "comfortable" feeding Charles because of the way he takes care of his body. "I ice my knees," Charles said. "I've got an oxygen thing that's supposed to just take care of your whole body. I get massages. I see the chiropractors. I see all the trainers. I get in the cold tub, hot tub. You've got to make sure you're good on Sunday to go." Charles is a top-two fantasy pick this year regardless of format, and should have 2-3 years of elite RB1 production left.
Source: USA Today
Aug 10 - 5:55 PM

Jamaal Charles' new contract includes no guaranteed money beyond 2014.

So that means Charles' "four-year, $28 million contract" is really a one-year, $8.3 million commitment. It's still a huge raise for a player who was set to earn only $3.9 million, but just the latest reminder that the vast majority of the league's players are on year-to-year deals. Charles can earn up to $6.45 million between salary and bonuses in 2015. It's highly unlikely he's cut next offseason.
Jul 24 - 4:26 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Alex Smith
2Chase Daniel
3Aaron Murray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3Cyrus Gray
4De'Anthony Thomas
5Joe McKnight
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
FB1Anthony Sherman
2Jordan Campbell
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Frankie Hammond
3Albert Wilson
WR21Donnie Avery
2Junior Hemingway
3A.J. Jenkins
WR31Junior Hemingway
TE1Anthony Fasano
2Travis Kelce
3Demetrius Harris
K1Cairo Santos