IRJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
1 week ago

Charles wrote on his personal website that he wants to continue playing football despite the knee problems he's recently endured.

EDGE Analysis

Charles put together a thoughtful piece that updated his situation in detail. The running back revealed that his latest knee injury, which saw him placed on injured reserve Nov. 1, occurred after making a cut during a post-practice workout. That resulted in Charles having cleanup surgeries on both his meniscuses, and ultimately preventing him from returning for the playoffs. Given his unfortunate history of knee problems, the 30-year-old admitted he doesn't know why his future holds, particularly with next season being the last on his current contract with the Chiefs, but he knows he wants to resume his career, which should make it worthwhile to track his situation this offseason.

IRJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
1 month ago

The Chiefs' move Wednesday to designate Justin March-Lillard as the team's IR/Designated For Return player confirms that Charles (knee) won't be activated by the team this season, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

There had been hope that Charles might be able to make a return to action during the postseason, but the team opted to add depth at linebacker in March-Lillard, rather than consider Charles to bolster the team's backfield depth. The Chiefs will thus move forward with Spencer Ware and Charcandrick as their top two running backs.

IRJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
1 month ago

Charles (knee) has a "very realistic" chance of returning to play in the postseason, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles was placed on injured reserve Nov. 1 after experiencing pain in both of his knees. That followed Charles tearing his right ACL in October of last year. Since landing on IR, Charles has undergone clean-up surgeries on both his meniscuses, but he's eligible to return in Week 17 and must be feeling better if he's aiming to be activated for the playoffs. Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but having Charles back available would certainly provide a boost to Kansas City's running back options under that scenario.

IRJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
2 months ago7 Comments

Charles had his left knee scoped Monday, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles, who is on the Chiefs' IR list, previously had his right knee scoped and Monday's procedure would seem to make him a long-shot to be considered as a candidate to return this season. The team's backfield with thus continue to be led by Spencer Ware, with Charcandrick West, Knile Davis and Bishop Sankey in reserve.

IRJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
3 months ago

Chiefs coach Andy Reid is uncertain whether Charles (knee) will return to play this season, Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles was placed on injured reserve this week in advance of another knee surgery, ruling him out for at least eight weeks. Although that timetable leaves the possibility of him returning for the regular season finale, Reid is unsure if Charles will ultimately be able to. As a result, Spencer Ware (concussion) and Charcandrick West figure to serve as Kansas City's top tailbacks until further notice, with the latter slated to start this weekend against the Jaguars in the former's absence.

IRJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
3 months ago

Charles underwent knee surgery Wednesday, which went so well that "there is a shot to come back this year," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

EDGE Analysis

The timing of Charles' placement on IR came at a fortuitous time, as he must log eight weeks on the list before he can be activated. Considering it's Week 9, the potential exists for the running back to return for the season finale, but his recovery will likely have to go swimmingly in order to do so. Meanwhile, Spencer Ware's upcoming availability is in question due to a concussion, which could place the onus of the rushing attack on the shoulders of Charcandrick West.

IRJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
3 months ago

The Chiefs placed Charles (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles' season debut was delayed to Week 4 due to his recovery from a torn ACL in his right knee, after which he mustered just 12 carries for 40 yards, one rushing touchdown, and two receptions (on three targets) for 14 yards across three games. In advance of that last tilt with the Saints in Week 7, he experienced swelling in the knee and was limited to two snaps. After sitting out this past Sunday versus the Colts, he was scheduled for a checkup with Dr. James Andrews, who must have found enough to recommend that the Chiefs shut down Charles for the season. Although the severity of Charles' current injury isn't known, the backfield should be in competent hands, whether it's Spencer Ware (assuming he emerges from the concussion protocol) or Charcandrick West.

IRJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
3 months ago

Coach Andy Reid relayed that Charles -- who was inactive Sunday -- is slated to have his knee checked out by Dr. James Andrews this coming week, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With fellow RB Spencer Ware having left Sunday's win over the Colts with a concussion, the Chiefs' backfield situation will be one to monitor as Week 9's game against the Jaguars approaches. For now, Charcandrick West -- who carried 14 times for 52 yards Sunday -- is the team's healthiest running back.

IRJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
3 months ago

Charles (knee) won't play Sunday against the Colts, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Charles' knee having acted up after the Chiefs' Oct. 16 contest, the team has elected to play it safe with the veteran back this week, with the long haul in mind. The capable play of fellow RB Spencer Ware helps facilitate this approach, with Charcandrick West also on hand to work in a complementary role.

IRJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
3 months ago

Charles (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

While Charles' availability for Sunday's game against the Colts does not appear in great danger, how he might be used in Week 8 remains unclear, with Spencer Ware still running well and Charcandrick West also in the Chiefs' backfield mix.