The four regulars who missed last week's game for the Kansas City Chiefs because of injuries returned to practice in some form Wednesday. At least one of them appears to have a good chance of playing Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium.
Sometime after he shredded his ACL in Detroit, Charles says he came to believe that people had started to count him out. "People forget about you, especially when you get hurt," Charles said. In retrospect, though, he came to realize that the way he approached his rehab would ultimately define how tough he really is. "That was the worst injury I could ever go through," Charles said. "I wish that on nobody."
"We have (NFL) rules and regulations in the offseason on how many hours you can stay in the building," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, smiling, as he set up a slightly inverted "Animal House" reference. "I had to kick him out so we didn’t get put on secret double probation before we ever got started."
"It’s possible we get the Offensive Player of the Year depending how it works out between Jamaal (Charles) and Peyton Manning," Chiefs offensive lineman Geoff Schwarz said. "It’s been a good amount of talent in this division and it kind of raises our level of competition."
Charles ranks third among all NFL players with 825,345 votes, trailing only Denver quarterback Peyton Manning (1,227,068 votes) and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (1,049,811).
Most running backs typically last only 10-12 seasons, due to the pounding they take. So, just for argument’s sake, let's take Charles' first six seasons and say he magically matches that production over the next six years. That will give him 11,434 rushing yards and 3,874 receiving yards for a total of 15,308 yards from scrimmage for his career. Even if you gave him an additional 300 yards from scrimmage (to adjust for the fact he's not quite done with this season yet), that still puts him in a class with other modern backs like Edgerrin James (15,610), Tiki Barber (15,632), Warrick Dunn (15,306), Jerome Bettis (15,111) and Ricky Watters (14,891), none of whom are in the Hall of Fame.
"It’s been great to get experience," Daniel said. "The more experience you have, the better prepared you are in a game situation. The past two games, I almost got two full quarters of play, which was awesome. "Hopefully that trend continues, because that means we’re winning in the fourth quarter."
The first time the Kansas City Chiefs used Jamaal Charles as a receiver this season, they knew they were on to something. The Chiefs split Charles wide to the right and their opponents in the first game of the season, the Jacksonville Jaguars, pointed in wonder at the spectacle before a linebacker, Geno Hayes, scrambled over to cover him.
A municipal court hearing for Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who is accused of speeding and possessing marijuana, has been postponed until Jan. 22, according to authorities. Bowe was initially due in court Wednesday.
If you have ESPN Insider access, don’t miss the first mock draft from Todd McShay. In it, he has the Kansas City Chiefs taking Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson with their first-round pick, currently 30th overall.