Kansas City will probably have to wait another week to unleash their best offensive player.
Running back Jamaal Charles practiced with the scout team on Wednesday. His participation on the scout team basically equates to the running back getting better, but not good enough to play on Sundays.
“Every day he gets a little bit better,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on Wednesday, per the team’s official website.
Charles is rehabbing from a torn ACL that he suffered in Week 5 last season. Knee injuries of that sort usually take athletes six to eight months to get back on the field. Kansas City is being extra cautious with its top running back being that it’s his second time coming back from a torn ACL. The Chiefs also have the luxury of coming off a Week 1 win, giving the team some added insurance to sit Charles.
Charles’ backup, Spencer Ware, missed practice Wednesday with a sprained toe, but is expected to play Sunday against the Texans. Ware led the Chiefs with 70 rushing yards and contributed 129 yards receiving in a Week 1 win against San Diego.
With Ware being a proven commodity and Charcandrick West able to contribute, expect the Chiefs to continue to bring along Charles slowly.