The odds of Kansas City Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles playing on Sunday aren’t too good.
When speaking about Charles on Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he’s pessimistic about the running back’s availability.
“I think it’s a stretch for him to play,” Reid said, per Pro Football Talk.
The Pro Bowl running back is still rehabbing from the torn ACL that he suffered in Week 5 last season. Charles sat out the entire preseason as the team elected to exercise caution with their best offensive player.
From Reid’s statements Monday, the Chiefs are likely to continue the conservative approach.
Charles is the Chiefs’ all-time leading rusher with 7,220 career yards. The running back is averaging 5.47 yards per carry through eight seasons.
With Charles on the field, Kansas City’s offense has three legit playmakers in wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, tight end Travis Kelce and its standout running back.
If Charles is out Week 1, third-year RB Spencer Ware would be next in line to start. Ware filled in admirably for Charles last season. The bruising back rushed for 403 yards on 72 carries. Charcandrick West would serve as the primary backup in Charles’ absence.
The Chiefs take on the San Diego Chargers Week 1 in Kansas City.