Jamaal Charles Injury: Updates on Chiefs Star's Recovery from Knee Surgery

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) lies injured on the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is four months removed from tearing the ACL in his right knee, but he doesn't seem to be showing any lingering effects.

Continue for updates. 


Charles Posts Workout Video

Friday, Feb. 19

Charles tweeted out a video in which he is jumping rope:

As Herbie Teope of The Topeka Capital Journal noted, Charles' workout video is particularly encouraging because he's "not wearing a brace or sleeve on the right knee while working out."

Few running backs know the grind of rehabbing from a torn ACL better than Charles. The two-time All-Pro suffered the same injury to his left knee in the second game of the 2011 season, but rebounded in spectacular fashion the next season with a careeer-high 1.509 rushing yards. 

Another encouraging development for the Chiefs is how well the team played in 2015 after Charles was injured. They were 1-4 when he went down, lost their next game before proceeding to end the season with 10 straight wins and clinch a playoff berth. 

Charles' injury forced head coach Andy Reid to adapt, taking advantage of quarterback Alex Smith's ability to use his arm and legs, as well as rely on a defense that allowed the third-fewest points in the league. 

If the Chiefs were able to do all that without Charles, who was playing well at the time of his injury with 5.1 yards per carry, imagine what they will be like in 2016 with him back in the fold.