It's been 11 1/2 months since Charles tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, and the Chiefs and Charles have taken a cautious approach for his return. Charles has practiced, with the scout team early on, and now he's getting snaps with the regular offense.
But it's not like the Chiefs have been hurting with Charles inactive.
"It was a pretty good week for him,'' coach Andy Reid said. "I thought he got a little bit better this week than he was last week.''
The Chiefs listed two injured offensive linemen, Parker Ehinger and Jah Reid, as out for Sunday's game. Ehinger was a starter at left guard for the season's opening game before suffering a concussion in practice last week. Reid injured his knee and ankle in last week's game in Houston.
He certainly didn’t sound like a player who was convinced he will be out there. “I’m not where I want to be, but the good thing is there’s still time,” the 32-year-old Marshall said after he took part in Friday’s practice on a limited basis and was listed as questionable. Both Marshall and Jets coach Todd Bowles said he will be a game-time decision.
Q: Do you feel confident about Duvernay-Tardif being ready to go?
REID: "Listen, it's truly a day-to-day thing. He did more today than he did the other day, so it's been like that the whole week. That's a good thing. Those things are a bit unpredictable, but we'll see how he does. I'm optimistic that he's feeling better - that he's making progress as he goes here."
The Jets will be rested after disposing of Buffalo on Thursday Night Football, but the Chiefs are coming off a bad performance in which they turned the ball over way too much and were very undisciplined. Andy Reid teams typically bounce back, so it would be a surprise if the offense didn't look much better — and get off to a stronger start — in a winnable home game. It will be close, because the Jets are competitive, but the Chiefs are probably the better team, provided they stop shooting themselves in the foot.
Arrowhead Stadium is a tough place to win, and the Jets' offense will take a step back after last week's impressive performance in Buffalo. Look for the Jets to shore up their issues defending the deep ball, but it won't be enough to overcome Andy Reid and Co.
Primarily playing left cornerback, Peters doesn’t always have a say in who he’s going to cover on any given play. The offense can dictate that by its formation, and the opponent this week—the Jets—have a three-headed monster at the receiver position, which deserves plenty of attention regardless of how they line up. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are established veterans, but third-year player Quincy Enunwa has caught the attention of Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.