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Andy Reid expects Jamaal Charles to be same player when he returns

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The Chiefs played without running back Jamaal Charles in Sunday’s loss to the Texans, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier in the day that the wait for his return from last year’s torn ACL may not be far off.

Schefter reported that Charles is expected make his 2016 debut against the Jets in Week Three, something coach Andy Reid wasn’t willing to say when he met reporters on Monday. Reid said that Charles told him last week that he wasn’t quite ready to get back on the field yet, but that he’s “made a lot of improvement.”

Reid also said that the team wants to be sure Charles is fully recovered because “we’re not playing tiddlywinks” and that he thinks Charles will be the same player he was before the injury once he does return to action.

“Yeah, I think so — I think so,” Reid said, via the Kansas City Star. “I thought last week he looked good. Last week, you see him getting in and out of his cuts and looking like Jamaal. It’s just a matter of the endurance part and his security in how he feels about that, about the leg, and what the docs say.”

When the Chiefs and Charles do feel he’s ready for action, the presence of Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West allows them to keep Charles from doing too much too soon. We’ll find out later this week if that return will come against the Jets.

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12 Responses to “Andy Reid expects Jamaal Charles to be same player when he returns”
  1. jjb0811 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:26 PM

    He’s a year older coming off major surgery; this is why Andy never goes anywhere in the playoffs. He doesn’t adjust his roster accordingly & time management too.

  2. jredshoes says: Sep 19, 2016 4:31 PM

    An 80% Jamaal is still better than about 90 percent of the backs on rosters. Why not wait as long as possible instead of rushing it (no pun) and getting bad results

  3. joetoronto says: Sep 19, 2016 4:38 PM

    I expect Andy to keep getting bigger and bigger.

  4. gerard33 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:41 PM

    Did he say “I THINK so” or “I think SO”?

  5. kcflake says: Sep 19, 2016 4:55 PM

    An 80% Jamaal is still better than about 90 percent of the backs on rosters.

    AGREED!!!!!!!

  6. jjackwagon says: Sep 19, 2016 4:56 PM

    Will Andy be inspired to run more when Jamaal returns? They might have won last week if they had called more running plays.

  7. toybkshr says: Sep 19, 2016 5:07 PM

    Not a Chiefs fan – but I hope he’s 100% what he was before the injury

  8. dumbaseinstien says: Sep 19, 2016 5:52 PM

    Word is out from “unnamed sources” that his knee is still toast & it’s unlikely he will ever be the same…

  9. primemundo says: Sep 19, 2016 9:31 PM

    Love watching him play! Go Charles!

  10. trevor123698 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:04 PM

    There was a play in chiefs chargers where ware came around the edge for like a 3 yard gain. I saw a huge opening that Charles may have sprung to the house. He certainly would have gained at least 10 yds on the play. Ware is a poor mans charles and thats being nice

  11. kcnative says: Sep 20, 2016 12:32 PM

    Charles and Ware are not the same type of player.

    A play like that is of course perfect for Charles with his speed…and while JC can run downhill better than his size would suggest, Ware is much more of a downhill bruiser type RB who almost always falls forward and often gets 4-5 yards extra just by staying upright and churning those feet.

    Jamaal Charles is an amazing back (one of the best ever according to my admittedly biased eyes), but Ware is proving to be pretty damn good in his own right.

  12. cuda1234 says: Sep 21, 2016 4:50 PM

    Ware is playing great, team is winning, Chiefs have an early bye. I would be surprised to see Charles before week 6.

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