Jamaal Charles Injury Updates

Broncos RB Devontae Booker has been diagnosed with a fractured wrist. The injury reportedly occurred during OTAs in June but wasn't discovered until Booker had it looked at when he reported to training camp on Wednesday. Insider Mike Klis hears the injury might cost Booker the "first game or 2 of the regular season." Pro Football Talk has a similar timeline, with Booker out "up to 6-8 weeks." It's a tough break for a guy who seemed to be building momentum and making a push for the starting job. He's now a long shot to make a fantasy impact before October at the earliest. Booker's injury strengthens C.J. Anderson's grip on the lead role and removes 1 hurdle between Jamaal Charles and a return to fantasy relevance.

The Broncos have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Jamaal Charles. Per insider Mike Klis, the contract has a base value of $900K. Charles can earn up to $3.75 million in game-day roster incentives. The 30-year-old missed all but 3 games last year after dealing with complications from his 2015 torn ACL. Charles also tore his ACL back in 2011. He’s reportedly 90% recovered from his latest surgery and has been cleared to practice. It remains completely unclear, though, exactly what he has left in the tank. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Charles this summer. If anywhere close to pre-injury form, he could push for Denver's lead job.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Monday that he "does not know" if RB Jamaal Charles will be ready for this weekend's game against the Texans. Reid added that Charles "made progress" last week, but he ended up "doubtful" on the final injury report. Kansas City has no reason to rush Charles back after Spencer Ware's big Week 1 outing.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) said Monday that he's "optimistic" he'll be back for the start of training camp, per insider Terez Paylor.  Charles doesn't expect to do anything in OTAs.  None of that comes as a surprise after he went down with a torn ACL on October 11.  That gives him about 9.5 months to get ready for training camp and 11 months for the start of the regular season.  Charles certainly presents risk as a 29-year-old coming off a serious knee injury.  But that's baked into his current ADP, which is sitting in the middle of the 2nd round.

Chiefs head trainer Rick Burkholder expects RB Jamaal Charles (knee) to be ready for the start of training camp in late July.  He might even be able to get in some limited work in OTAs and minicamp this spring.  Charles tore his ACL last October, so he'll have had 11 months to recover when the 2016 season kicks off.  He hadn't shown any signs of decline before going down last year, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and 8.4 yards per catch.  His knee injury and age (29) add risk to his fantasy profile, but Charles is certainly capable of another high-end RB1 season.  He's going in the early 2nd round of MFL10 drafts.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles injured his right knee in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears.  It appeared to give out as Charles tried to make a cut back.  He couldn't put any weight on the leg as he was helped off the field.  We'll pass along an update when we get one.  RB Charcandrick West has been playing ahead of RB Knile Davis.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is dealing with "more of a bruise than a high-ankle sprain."  That makes sense considering Charles returned to practice just 4 days after suffering the injury.  It's also confirmation that he has a legitimate chance of playing against the Dolphins today.  Rapoport confirms that Charles is a true game-time decision.  We probably won't know his status until 3 pm ET.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid announced that RB Jamaal Charles has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain.  The dreaded high-ankle sprain.  That's an injury that usually sidelines players for multiple weeks and can linger even beyond that.  Falcons WR Roddy White tried to play through one last year and was completely ineffective.  Hopefully the Chiefs sit Charles until he's back to 100%.  He could still be a fantasy force over the 2nd half of the season.  Knile Davis will serve as Kansas City's lead back for as long as Charles is out.  He racked up 105 yards and 2 TDs on 28 touches against the Broncos on Sunday.  Davis should be your top waiver-wire target if he's available in your league.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles exited in the 1st half of Sunday's game with an ankle/Achilles injury.  We didn't see any noticeable limp as he headed back to the locker room with trainers.  We'll update Charles' status when we learn more.

Update: Charles has been ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid revealed that RB Jamaal Charles suffered his foot injury moving out of his dorm room when the Chiefs broke camp last week.  "He came down a grassy slope there and just kind of rolled his foot over on the curb," Reid said. "It was that simple. That was it. He went up to [trainer Rick Burkholder] ... he was hurting that night and the next day he woke up and he was feeling a little bit better and he's feeling better today.  We're optimistic about it. Initially there was some concern. He had all the stuff done on it, the X-rays, the MRIs and all that done on it. Everything is clear."  A few Draft Sharks staffers have offered to help Charles move out next summer in exchange for a signed jersey.  As for the foot injury, we'll keep an eye on it.  But for now, consider Charles' fantasy stock unaffected. 

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles missed the team's 2nd preseason game Sunday night while resting a bruised foot.  ESPN.com's Adam Teicher indicated the team isn't worried about the injury and plans to get Charles back on the field for Saturday night's 3rd exhibition.  This minor ailment shouldn't alter your draft strategy for Charles at all.  RB Knile Davis carried 9 times for just 30 yards (3.3 per rush) in Charles' absence.

Chiefs RB Knile Davis suffered a knee sprain and fractured fibula in last weekend's playoff loss to the Colts.  The team hasn't provided a rehab timeline.  Davis might miss part of the offseason program but should be ready for OTAs and training camp.  He was seldom used behind Jamaal Charles this season but went for 81 rushing yards and 2 scores in the season finale and then racked up 100 total yards and 2 TDs in the playoff loss to the Colts after Charles went down.  Davis will return in 2014 as Kansas City's #2 RB -- and a valuable handcuff in fantasy football.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles suffered a head injury on the 1st series of Saturday's Wild Card game against the Colts.  He headed back to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion and is unlikely to return.  It's Charles' 1st NFL concussion, so it's not a major long-term concern.  We'll see if he can get cleared ahead of Round 2 -- if the Chiefs get there.  Knile Davis will serve as Kansas City's feature back for the rest of today's game.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is inactive for today's finale at San Diego.  He has no injury but is too important to risk in a meaningless game for the Chiefs.  This is why you shouldn't run your fantasy football season through Week 17.  Knile Davis brings sleeper value as the stand-in starter but also carries obvious risk as a rookie on a team playing for nothing.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles hinted that the quad injury he suffered in the opener was a factor in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.  “I mean, I felt it – you know what I’m saying?” he said.  “I’m a tough player.  Nobody knows about it, but I’m really a tough player, and I fight through pain."  Charles looked just fine to us, taking 16 carries for 55 yards and 8 catches for 48 more and a score.  The quad issue is worth monitoring with the Chiefs on a short week, but Charles will remain a must-start for Thursday night's game against the Eagles.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (quad) only participated in the walk-through portion of Wednesday's practice, according to HC Andy Reid.  He'll continue to receive treatment throughout the week.  ESPN's Chris Mortensen says there's "some optimism" that Charles will play against the Cowboys this weekend.  It's clear that the injury is more serious that initially reported.  We'll continue to keep a close eye on Charles' status over the next few days.  Rookie Knile Davis would likely serve as Kansas City's lead back if Charles can't go.  He's worth grabbing off waiver wires as a handcuff.

Update: Charles is confident he'll be ready for Sunday.  "I wouldn't miss this game for nothing," he said.  Go ahead and pencil J-Chaz into fantasy lineups.  We'll update his status again tomorrow.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles took a helmet to his quad, was up-ended and landed awkwardly on his head/neck in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Jags.  He rode the stationary bike, went into the locker room but later returned to the game.  The Chiefs lifted him in the 4th quarter with the game already in hand.  Charles finished with 77 rushing yards, 23 receiving yards and a TD.  HC Andy Reid told the media afterwards that Charles will be “fine” for next week’s contest against Dallas.

After practicing all week, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles suited up for Saturday night’s preseason game.  He finished with just 7 carries for 10 yards and 2 catches for 4 yards.  But the numbers are irrelevant.  The key takeaway is that the Chiefs have no concerns about the foot Charles injured a couple weeks ago.  If they did, he wouldn’t have been out there on Saturday night.  Without that injury concern, Charles is moving back up our RB rankings.  To see how high he sits, click here.


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