Jamaal Charles, the four-time Pro Bowler, won’t be making his much-anticipated return for the Kansas City Chiefs during Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, per several reports.
Even though Chiefs coach Andy Reid expects the superstar running back to return soon, ESPN’s Adam Teicher is reporting that early signs are not encouraging for Charles’ return.
According to Reid, Charles is yet to scrimmage with the main roster and would continue to practice with the scout team.
“He’s improving by the day. We’ll just keep him going and see how he does this week. He’s chomping at the bit wanting to play, which I love about him. I just want to make sure we’re good there when the time comes.
“I think the longer you can wait with him, the better it is, even though he probably thought he can play today or tomorrow. We’ll see how this week goes. Another week I think is going to help him,” said Reid.
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Jamaal Charles: Date of return?
If not back for Sunday’s game, Charles is expected to return for the Oct.3 clash against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Charles tore the ACL in his right knee during a game against the Chicago Bears (Week 5) of the 2015-16 NFL season. Since then, Charles has been on the inactive list.
According to the Kansas City Star, Charles is expected to work with the offense at some stage this week.
Despite a myriad of injuries, including the ankle sprain suffered by offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the Kansas City Chiefs have managed to maintain a 1-1 record in the AFC West.
But regardless of how well the Chiefs perform in Charles’ absence, the team needs the former NFL rushing touchdowns leader to become a legitimate Super Bowl threat.
“He’s a one-of-a-kind player, without a doubt,’’ said quarterback Alex Smith of Charles.
“There aren’t many guys with his skill set and capabilities. Whenever he does come back, we’re going to be happy and lucky to get him back.
“With that said, I think the way our backs are playing, the way Spencer and Charcandrick are playing, it’s nice not to have that pressure to have to hurry him back when he’s not ready,” added the Chiefs quarterback.
Jamaal Charles helped the Chiefs win the AFC West in 2010.