Jamaal Charles Injury: Updates on Chiefs Star's Ankle and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2014

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Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 30

Jamaal Charles looked just fine on Monday as he rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown while adding another 16 yards and two TD's receiving in the Chiefs big 41-14 win over the Patriots. After the game Charles commented on how he felt via Sean Keeler of FOX Sports Kansas City:

Updates from Monday, Sept. 29

Jamaal Charles' status for Week 4 against the Patriots has been confirmed via BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com:

Kissel previously reported that it was expected Charles would be active:

Updates from Saturday, Sept. 27

Herbie Teope of The Associated Press provides an update on Jamaal Charles' status:

Pete Sweeney of KCChiefs.com passes along more details from head coach Andy Reid:

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 25

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Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald has the latest on from Andy Reid on Charles' status:

Adam Telcher of ESPN has an update on Jamaal Charles' status in practice:

The Kansas City Chiefs plan to expand the role of injured running back Jamaal Charles at practice Thursday as they begin preparations for Monday night's game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium.

Charles, who injured an ankle two weeks ago, was a limited practice participant on Thursday and Friday last week but didn't play in Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Updates from Monday, Sept. 22

Herbie Teope of ChiefsDigest.com updated Jamaal Charles' status after missing Week 3:

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 21

The Chiefs have ruled Jamaal Charles out for Week 3 (via BJ Kissel of KCChiefs.com):

Earlier, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the pregame expectation for Charles' status:

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer added: "Jamaal Charles still hurting this AM. Andy Reid wants him to show he can protect himself 100% in order to play him. Plan is to sit him unless he can convince them he can be full go."

Updates from Friday, Sept. 19

Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star has an update on Charles' status for Sunday:

Randy Covitz of The Kansas City Star and Fox Sports' Sean Keeler have the latest on Charles' status:

Herbie Teope of The Associated Press provides details on Charles' participation during practice:

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 18

Herbie Teope of The Associated Press reports Jamaal Charles' status for today's practice:

Adam Teicher of ESPN reported on Charles' activity at practice:

Earlier, Will Carroll of Bleacher Report weighed in on Charles' injured ankle:

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 17

BJ Kissel of KCChiefs.com reported on Jamaal Charles from Chiefs practice:

Updates from Monday, Sept. 15

Andy Reid spoke on Jamaal Charles' injured ankle on Monday (via BJ Kissel of KCChiefs.com and Sean Keeler of Fox Sports Midwest):

Charles also spoke about his injury on his Twitter account:

Earlier, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the severity of Charles' injured ankle:

NBC Sports' Mike Florio previously reported results from the X-rays conducted on Charles' injury:

Per a league source, X-rays were negative on the ankle injured by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles on Sunday.

It doesn’t mean Charles will be back in action next week.  An MRI on Monday is likely, which will reveal the extent of any damage to the ligaments holding the ankle together.

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has exited the team's Week 2 matchup versus the Denver Broncos.

Charles went down with an ankle injury and was questionable to return, according to the Chiefs on Twitter:  

He would not return:

Rachel Santschi of KCChiefs.com provided an update after Kansas City's 24-17 loss:

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network added:

The three-time Pro Bowler dealt with a bruised foot during the preseason but had recently shown no ill effects.

Typically a bastion of health, Charles has suffered only one major injury in his seven-year career—a torn ACL in 2011 that caused him to miss 14 games. The former Texas star has otherwise played 15 or 16 games in every other season, so it'll be interesting to see Charles' prognosis after he undergoes further testing.

For now, the running back reins will be handed to Knile Davis, who certainly has potential but has limited NFL experience. He carried the ball only 70 times for 242 yards in 2013 and entered 2014 as a pure backup to Charles.

Andy Glockner of The Cauldron weighed in on Davis as a backup:

Davis was the team's third-round pick last season after an up-and-down career at Arkansas highlighted by some critical fumbles in high-leverage situations. 

"It's being more aware of my surroundings and having two hands on the ball," Davis told The Kansas City Star's Randy Covitz of his improved ball security. "What happens is, you have one hand on it, so you don't see other guys hitting it. When you have two hands on it, it doesn't matter who’s there, because it's tight. In this league, people are trying to come get it."

Even if he holds on to the ball, it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which Davis (or rookie De'Anthony Thomas) replicates Charles' production. Charles has never finished a season below five yards per carry, has soft hands he used to the tune of a career-high 70 receptions last season and is arguably the most explosive, game-breaking back on the planet.

Davis can be very good at football and never come close to putting up numbers of that caliber. That's obviously a problem for Kansas City, which uses a conservative West Coast attack that relies on its ground game to make big plays.

Should the injury turn out to be serious, play-action passing will prove less effective, as will the underneath dump-offs Alex Smith has come to rely on. It's safe to say everyone wearing red and white hopes Charles' tests confirm the injury is minor. 

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