It’s on-again, off-again for Jamaal Charles.
Coach Andy Reid announced the decision on Friday, capping a week that saw Charles slowed by soreness in both of his knees. The Pro Bowl runner played only two snaps in last Sunday’s win over the Saints and has just 40 yards off 12 carries since making his return to the lineup in Week 4.
Coming off last year’s ACL tear, Charles has been eclipsed on the field by workhorse Spencer Ware, whose 129.5 scrimmage yards per game this season rank fourth in NFL. Leaned on from wire to wire, Ware owns a whopping 35.9 percent of Kansas City’s total yards in 2016, the second highest percentage league-wide behind Arizona’s David Johnson.
In years past, losing Charles would have sunk the Chiefs. That wasn’t the case last season, though, and it certainly isn’t the reality this autumn. There’s no rush to force him back onto the field.