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Jamaal Charles struggling with rebuilt left knee

Jamaal Charles, Justin Rogers AP

As if the Chiefs didn’t have enough problems, one of their playmakers isn’t able to make them.

Running back Jamaal Charles is experiencing soreness in his left knee, the same one in which he tore the ACL last season.

So while coach Romeo Crennel was optimistic Charles would be able to go against the Saints this week, the reality is Charles doesn’t appear to be all the way back.

He got banged up a little bit and then [coaches] decided not to put him back in the game,” Crennel said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “He wanted to go back in, . . . but the other guys were doing OK so we left the other guys in.

“I talked to him after the game. He said he wanted to go back in and he felt OK. He was getting treatment, so I think he’ll be ready to play this week.”

Charles only played 21 snaps against the Bills, with six carries for three yards and three catches for 19 yards.

That left the bulk of the work to Peyton Hillis and Shaun Draughn, and that’s not a tandem that’s going to lift the Chiefs out of their current malaise.

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4 Responses to “Jamaal Charles struggling with rebuilt left knee”
  1. jigwig13 says: Sep 18, 2012 8:43 AM

    It probably is knee fatigue..he should be fine with rest..I had an acl and menicus tear the hardest thing to get back was the change of direction that’s gonna take time to get back on his rebuilt knee…also I’m amazed at all the guys coming back this yr from acl and not wearing a brace crazy

  2. yelix says: Sep 18, 2012 9:58 AM

    I think he’ll be fine. He looked like he had plenty of speed and cutting ability in the preseason and the Falcons game. I just think the team as a whole failed against Buffalo and they brought him down with them.

  3. rtucker080792 says: Sep 18, 2012 1:10 PM

    Ive had this injury 3 times with in the spend of 3 years and its the toughtest thing ive ever had to do, there’s alot of mental issues that come along with the physical . I lost lots of speed and lateral movement , and one of my surgeries was done by the dr that was the 2008 usa mens dr for the Olympics , just have to train hard .

  4. jtfawver says: Sep 18, 2012 3:57 PM

    Remember when Wes Welker tore his ACL? He wasnt right the next year, but year 2 he took off. Wes got hurt MUCH later in the year than Jamaal, so my thought is we won’t see Jamaal back to himself till the 2nd half of the year.

    In the ATL game his 46 yd run would have been an 80 yd TD run in 2010. It just takes time. Its not like he looks horrible. Buffalo manhandled our line up front. He’ll be back, just not right away.

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