| Charles likely to play, Probable on Injury Report -- Sat Sep 27 3:00 pm --|
Chiefs should have star running back available Monday night
|Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is listed as probable on the team’s injury report for Monday night’s home game against New England, meaning he is almost certain to be available to play. Charles suffered a high ankle sprain in a week two loss at Denver after only two carries — an output that followed only seven carries in the season opener against Tennessee. (Kansas City Star)|
FF Today's Take: Charles was limited in practice this week but it appears he will get the start Monday night against the Patriots. Owners can safely insert him into their lineups but this may be a scenario where Andy Reid will sprinkle in Knile Davis more than normal. I'd expect a 70-30 workload split between Charles and Davis.
| Charles not expected to play, gametime decision -- Sun Sep 21 8:37 am --|
Will test injured ankle in pregame warmups
|Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expecting to play today, I’m told. Will still test it out pregame. Looking like Knile Davis (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It should be noted that an hour earlier Rapoport reported that Charles was a "gametime decision" and that Charles injury was more of a bruise than an ankle sprain which gives him "a real chance". We likely won't know Charles' real status until inactives come out. Chiefs play at 4:25 pm Eastern.
| Charles questionable, re-evaluated Saturday -- Fri Sep 19 4:35 pm --|
|Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who is on the injury report with a sprained ankle, practiced with the starters on Friday, but coach Andy Reid wasn’t certain how much, if any, Charles will be able to play on Sunday against Miami.
Charles was listed as questionable for the game. "We’re going to see how he feels after this practice," Reid said. "He moved around and did a decent job. He looked a little sore, but he did OK."
(Kansas City Star)|
FF Today's Take: We'll get a better indication of Charles' availability if he makes the trip to Miami tomorrow. If so, and he becomes a gametime decision, fantasy owners may be in a bind since the Chiefs play at 4:25 Eastern. Knile Davis would get the start and be a borderline RB1 if Charles doesn't play.
| Charles back at practice -- Thu Sep 18 4:00 pm --|
Took part in warm-ups and cutting drills
|RB Jamaal Charles, who suffered a high ankle sprain in last week's game against Denver, was participating in the early portion of Kansas City Chiefs practice Thursday. His availability for Sunday's game against the Dolphins in Miami is uncertain.
Charles went through warm-ups with his teammates and was then tended to briefly by trainer Rick Burkholder before joining the running backs for position drills. One such drill involved cutting through cones to catch a pass. Charles did this several times and appeared to pass these tests without a problem. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Charles' quick return to practice is an interesting turn of events after he did not go on Wednesday. Kansas City desperately needs a win, but it would be foolish for the team to rush him back if he has anything close to the high ankle sprain that was initially reported. Although the surprise return bodes well for Charles' Week 4 status and beyond, Knile Davis is the heavy favorite to dominate touches this week.
| Charles diagnosed with high ankle sprain -- Mon Sep 15 3:45 pm --|
No timetable for return
|Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles suffered a high ankle sprain, and S Eric Berry sprained an ankle in Sunday’s loss at Denver, HC Andy Reid said Monday.
Reid provided no timetable for their returns. A high ankle sprain can often result in a multi-week injury, but Reid says Charles’ injury “doesn’t look to be a real severe one.”
“It does have the component of a high ankle sprain. What does that mean? We’ll see,” Reid said. (Kansas City Star)|
FF Today's Take: Fantasy owners know this drill pretty well by now. High-ankle sprains are often multi-week injuries and Charles would be doing himself and his team a disservice by trying to rush back. Knile Davis will step and replace him as the featured back in his absence. The second-year back should be considered a low-end RB1 in all leagues while Charles is out.