Most of us don’t seem that concerned with the rehab of Jamaal Charles and his ACL because those injuries are so common these days. Plus, Jamaal already came back from one of those once. He’s still only 29 years old.
Jamaal (or a ghostwriter) wrote a blog post at his website about what he’s been up to and how he’s preparing for training camp in a few weeks.
By OTAs, I was running with almost all my body weight and doing intervals at different speeds. I’d work up to six or seven miles per hour for a minute, then push it up to nine and then 10 for another minute. Then I’d go back down to six miles per hour, then 8.5, and so on. A lot of that is designed to build stamina and cardio, but it also tests my ability to speed up and slow down.
After I finished that, I’d go back to the weight room to lift with the strength coaches. When I lift with the strength coaches, I work on single legs, squats to work out my hamstrings, quads and other areas of my legs, making sure I’m maintaining and gaining strength in those legs.
I’m happy with where my strength is right now because I’ve got some power! That’s continuing to improve each week. That’s what I’ve wanted to see, so the right leg can catch back up with the left leg. That got me into position where I can keep taking my legs to another height, to another level.
It remains to be seen how much Jamaal will do at training camp. He will be healthy enough to participate in some fashion but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs continued to take it pretty easy with him. He’s a veteran and has been in this offense for three years so he doesn’t need camp as much as the young pups do.