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Charles Could Return Earlier Than Expected
Thursday, Jan. 21
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey told ESPN.com's Adam Teicher on Thursday that he thinks Charles "may be ahead of schedule in terms of his rehabilitation."
Charles could be ready to go by the start of the regular season in September 2016, which is good news for Dorsey.
"I've always thought it was in that nine-, 10-month window," Dorsey said. "With the surgical procedures and the way they are today, guys have come back a lot faster than they have in years past."
It isn't the first time Charles has torn his ACL. In September 2011, Charles was lost for the season, but he was able to come back healthy for a full 2012 campaign in which he posted a career-high 1,509 yards.
During Charles' absence, Kansas City turned to a running back duo of Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware with some contributions from Knile Davis. West and Ware combined for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns after Charles went down.
The Chiefs, who started the season just 1-5, reeled off an 11-game winning streak, including an AFC Wild Card victory over the Houston Texans, before they were knocked out by the New England Patriots in the divisional round.
Despite the backups' successes in the backfield, Dorsey told Teicher that Charles will be the No. 1 back upon his return to the Chiefs backfield.
"The guy is an extremely talented player. I love him to death, love how dirty tough he is," Dorsey said. "Yeah, he's a Chief."
Being ahead of schedule means Charles could be back sometime between July and August, which would give him a decent amount of time to get back up to game speed and make sure he's 100 percent physically before his ninth season in the NFL.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.