QJamaal Charles RB KC 2 weeks ago7 Comments

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

Competitive 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.

QJamaal Charles RB KC 1 month 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.

Competitive 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.

QJamaal Charles RB KC 2 months ago

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

Competitive 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.

QJamaal Charles RB KC 3 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.

Competitive 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.

QJamaal Charles RB KC 4 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."

Competitive 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.

QJamaal Charles RB KC 8 months ago3 Comments

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

Competitive 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.

QJamaal Charles RB KC 8 months ago9 Comments

An MRI has reportedly confirmed that Charles tore his ACL on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Charles thus on track to miss the rest of the season, Charcandrick West and Knile Davis are next up for the Chiefs' backfield duties. With that in mind, coach Andy Reid relayed via the Kansas City Star that the duo would continue to split time, though it's worth noting that on Sunday, West finished the day with 31 yards on seven carries, while Davis carried the ball just twice for two yards. "I'm not saying who is or is not the feature guy, but we need both of them," Reid stated Sunday, with reference to turning to a West/Davis backfield combo. "Both their games are different. We'll just see how that goes." While the situation plays out, both West and Davis slot in as high-priority targets in leagues where they remain available, with West perhaps the higher percentage play, based on Week 5's box score, but not necessarily a lock to dominate the team's carries moving forward, given Davis' previous experience filling in for Charles.

QJamaal Charles RB KC 8 months ago7 Comments

ESPN's Adam Teicher relays that coach Andy Reid confirmed after Sunday's loss to the Bears that the preliminary report he received indicates that Charles suffered a torn ACL in the contest.

Competitive Edge Analysis

We'll await further confirmation of the severity of Charles' knee injury, as will the Chiefs, but at this stage, things don't look very good with regard to the running back's playing status for the rest of the season. If an ACL tear is confirmed, the team's backfield duties would be in line to be handled by some combo of Charcandrick West and Knile Davis, making both backs worthy of targeting for pickups while this situation shakes out. This Sunday at least, West was next in line for the team's carries, finishing the game with seven rushes for 31 yards. Meanwhile, Davis, who has filled in for Charles in the past, carried just twice for two yards.

QJamaal Charles RB KC 8 months ago15 Comments

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that based on initial tests, there are fears that Charles suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game against the Bears.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Charles has an MRI on tap, but things don't look good for him at this point. Next up for the Chiefs' carries in the event that Charles' injury is indeed long-term in nature are Charcandrick West and Knile Davis, with West having been the back the team turned to initially Sunday after Charles was injured.

QJamaal Charles RB KC 8 months ago1 Comment

Charles was forced out of Sunday's game against the Bears with a knee injury. He will not return to the contest.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Charles was unable to put pressure on his right leg as he left the field Sunday, so at first glance it looks like the Chiefs' star running back could miss some time. Look for the Chiefs to update Charles' status after the game, though for now, the team's backfield is in the hands of Charcandrick West and Knile Davis.