On Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that he thought it was a positive thing that running back Jamaal Charles was going to see Dr. James Andrews for an evaluation of his knee after swelling in the last couple of weeks halted his return to action after last year’s torn ACL.
It may be a positive thing in terms of Charles getting a better handle on his health, but it looks like it won’t be a positive thing in terms of getting Charles on the field again this year. According to multiple reports, Charles is headed to injured reserve.
Ed Werder of ESPN reports that neither the team’s medical staff nor Dr. Andrews was able to pinpoint the cause of the swelling that was hindering Charles in recent weeks. There will likely be further evaluations in the days to come as Charles tries to get his knee right.
Charles would be eligible to play again in Week 17, although that doesn’t feel like a particularly likely outcome given the way things have played out with his knee already this year. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West have done most of the work at running back this year and the team is adding Bishop Sankey to the roster with Ware currently in the concussion protocol.