PUPJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
4 days ago

Charles (knee) has been placed on the the Chiefs' preseason PUP list, BJ Kissel of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles is eligible to be activated from the list and return to practice at any time during training camp. Kissel also relays that coach Andy Reid noted that Charles' placement on the list is not indicative of a setback, with the running back said to be "on track." We'll continue to monitor Charles' status closely, but previous reports have suggested that his recovery is going well. For his part, ESPN's Adam Teicher suggested Tuesday that once the team's top RB is back, the "Chiefs won't limit Charles if he's healthy and he's the same player he was before the knee injury."

PUPJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
2 months ago

Charles (knee) will take part in individual drills at Tuesday's minicamp practice, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles has been present at offseason practices for rehab and off-field work for the past few weeks, but he's yet to make an on-field appearance alongside his teammates. Tuesday thus marks a significant step in his recovery from the torn ACL suffered in Week 5 last year, with all reports to date suggesting that Charles is on/ahead of schedule. There is some thought that Charles, even if he returns to full health, might lose touches to Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, who formed an effective duo in the superstar's absence last season. Prior to the injury, Charles was handling a huge workload while playing the vast majority of offensive snaps; he had 71 carries, 21 receptions, 541 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns in just 4.5 games.

PUPJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
2 months ago

Charles (knee) may take part in Tuesday's mandatory minicamp, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Head coach Andy Reid said there is a chance the star running back takes part in drills Tuesday as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. Charles has yet to make an on-field appearance this offseason.

PUPJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
2 months ago

Charles (knee) made his first appearance at offseason practices Wednesday, the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles didn't wear a helmet and may have just been an observer, as head coach Andy Reid said last week that the star running back isn't expected to practice any earlier than the start of training camp. Reid did also say that Charles will be a limited participant for parts of OTAs, so it's possible he got some work in at Wednesday's session. Bouncing back from a torn ACL, Charles seems to be on track for Week 1, but his progress will be one of the key stories to monitor throughout training camp and the preseason.

PUPJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
2 months ago7 Comments

Coach Andy Reid confirmed that Charles (knee) will participate in the Chiefs' upcoming OTAs in a limited capacity.

EDGE Analysis

It's not surprising that the Chiefs plan to limit Charles in OTAs, given that he is bouncing back from a torn right ACL that he sustained back in in Week 5 of last season. Still, that he will be working in any capacity is a great sign with regard to his chances of amping things up in training camp. Assuming no setbacks as Charles recovers, the 29-year-old -- who tore the ACL in his left knee in September of 2011 -- remains clearly atop Kansas City's RB depth chart as the 2016 season approaches. That said, the team made a point to re-sign the backs that filled in for Charles so capably last season -- namely Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware -- plus former No. 2 back Knile Davis remains on the team's roster. When evaluating Charles from a fantasy perspective, it's worth noting how smoothly he returned from his first ACL injury, but with the big picture in mind, we wouldn't be surprised to see West and Ware see their share of touches this coming season in order to help keep Charles fresh.

PUPJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
3 months ago

Charles (knee) acknowledged that he probably won't participate in the Chiefs' OTAs, but is optimistic that he'll be back in time for training camp, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Moreover, Charles relayed that at this time, he's at the stage of his rehab where he's running. The 29-year-old Charles suffered a season-ending ACL injury last October, but he appears on track to be ready to go in advance of Week 1, though if he were to experience any setbacks, fellow running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware (who filled in for Charles last season) were both inked to contract extensions this offseason.

PUPJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
4 months ago

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder expects Charles (torn ACL) to be ready for training camp, the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles suffered the season-ending injury back in October and is reportedly ahead of schedule. He tore his other ACL early in the 2011 season, then bounced back strong with 1,509 rushing yards on 5.3 yards per carry in 2012. If he does make it back for training camp, Charles should once again be among the first three or four running backs selected in any format.

PUPJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
5 months ago

Charles has progressed to jumping rope and catching a medicine ball while on a balance board as a part of his recovery from a torn ACL.

EDGE Analysis

General manager John Dorsey intimated in late January that Charles was ahead of schedule in his rehab from the second season-ending injury of his career, which has been substantiated by a post on the running back's Twitter account. Four months into the process, Charles appears to be on pace to play once Week 1 rolls around, but hurdles still exist in the endeavor.

PUPJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
6 months ago

Charles appears to be ahead of schedule in the rehabilitation process from a torn ACL in October, the Kansas City Star reports. "That's more of a medical assessment," general manager John Dorsey said. "If they say he's ahead of schedule, then I believe he's ahead of schedule, which is a positive for this organization."

EDGE Analysis

While Dorsey didn't specify whether or not he believed Charles would be ready training camp, the fact that he's ahead of schedule in his recovery certainly bodes well for his chances. The star running back's status should be further updated as the season approaches, but Charles should be set to retake his workhorse role for the Chiefs again in 2016 when healthy. The emergence of Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware behind him also provides the team with depth to rest the veteran Charles should they choose to turn to more of a rotation out of the backfield.

PUPJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
10 months ago3 Comments

Charles (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Charles suffering a torn ACL on Sunday, the Kansas City backfield will be left to Charcandrick West and Knile Davis. Charles tore his other ACL in Week 2 of the 2011 season, and he bounced back the next year to put up 1,745 scrimmage yards in a full 16 games. He'll be a 29-year-old running back coming off a second torn ACL, but even by NFL standards, he has uncommon athleticism.