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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:

Sean Keeler @SeanKeeler

Charles: 'Feel sore. I'm just ready to get off of it and go ice it up.' #Chiefs #NFL #MNF

Updates from Monday, Sept. 29

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

BJ Kissel @ChiefsReporter

#Chiefs inactives: Aaron Murray, Albert Wilson, De'Anthony Thomas, Joe McKnight, Eric Berry, Larry Duvernay-Tardif, Damion Square. #MNF

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

BJ Kissel @ChiefsReporter

RB Jamaal Charles is back for Monday Night Football. #ChiefsKingdom #NEvsKC http://t.co/fxX5aBOMsj

Updates from Saturday, Sept. 27

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

Herbie Teope @HerbieTeope

#Chiefs officially list RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) as probable for Monday night's game against the #Patriots.

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

Pete Sweeney @pgsween

Reid said RB Jamaal Charles did "everything" in practice today. Official listing will be out later.

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 25

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

Jeff Howe @jeffphowe

Andy Reid was asked if Jamaal Charles will play Monday: "Yeah, I think so. He’s going to practice today. We’ll see how he does."

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:

Herbie Teope @HerbieTeope

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said S Eric Berry (ankle) is making progress and will most likely practice this week. Same w/ RB Jamaal Charles.

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 21

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

BJ Kissel @ChiefsReporter

#Chiefs inactives vs #Dolphins: Murray, Wilson, Thomas, Charles, Berry, Tardif, Square

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

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

As for #Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, he’s a game-time decision. It’s more of a bruise than a high-ankle sprain, though. Gives him a real chance

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expecting to play today, I’m told. Will still test it out pregame. Looking like Knile Davis

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:

Terez A. Paylor @TerezPaylor

Jamaal Charles is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

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

Randy Covitz @randycovitz

#Chiefs Reid says Charles is being evaluated after practice before determining status for Sunday. He did "okay"

Sean Keeler @SeanKeeler

Reid: with Charles, it's wait and see how he feels tonight, tomorrow. #Chiefs #nfl

Sean Keeler @SeanKeeler

Reid: Jamal 'felt good ... He's pushed through this thing.' #Chiefs #NFL

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

Herbie Teope @HerbieTeope

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles stretching with teammates this morning. http://t.co/jeU9tHTA6b

Herbie Teope @HerbieTeope

#Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) on practice field for second straight day. Quick story: http://t.co/evJn9pv0xl http://t.co/CStnc5Kv50

Herbie Teope @HerbieTeope

#Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) was participating in warm-ups and position drills during Friday's portion of practice open to media.

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Herbie Teope @HerbieTeope

#Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) on the field going through warm-ups and position drills during portion open to media.

Herbie Teope @HerbieTeope

#Chiefs officially list running back Jamaal Charles (ankle) as limited for today's practice.

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

Adam Teicher @adamteicher

Charles went thru warmups, then spent brief period being tended to by trainer Rick Burkholder. He then joined other RBs and went thru drills

Adam Teicher @adamteicher

This would be very quick turnaround for high ankle sprain but he's a tough guy who plays through a lot. If anyone can do this, it's him

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:

BJ Kissel @ChiefsReporter

Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry will not practice today, but De'Anthony Thomas will. #Chiefs

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):

BJ Kissel @ChiefsReporter

Jamaal Charles has a high ankle sprain, per coach Reid.

Sean Keeler @SeanKeeler

Reid on Charles timetable: 'I don't know. It doesn't look to be ... a real severe one. What does that mean? We'll see.' #Chiefs #NFL

Charles also spoke about his injury on his Twitter account:

Jamaal Charles @jcharles25

Appreciate all the concern and well wishes from the Chiefs Nation!!! Can't wait to get back on the field!

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.

Original Text

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:  

Kansas City Chiefs @Chiefs

INJURY REPORT: Jamaal Charles is questionable to return. (Ankle) #KCvsDEN

He would not return:

Kansas City Chiefs @Chiefs

INJURY UPDATE: Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry have been ruled OUT for the game. #KCvsDEN

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

Rachel Santschi @RachelSantschi

Coach Reid said Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry have sprained ankles.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network added:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has an MRI set in the morning on his sprained ankle, source says. That’ll tell how severe it is.

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:

Linguistic Quirks @AndyGlockner

Knile Davis is a nice safety net.

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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