Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles bruised his quad Sunday, but by Tuesday the team was expressing hope Charles would be ready to go for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. By Wednesday, the team – and Charles – sounded more confident. According to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, Reid said of Charles, “I think he’ll be OK for the game.” And Charles made it clear he plans on playing.
In an effort to get him well enough to run full speed by Sunday, the Chiefs held Charles out of practice Wednesday. By Thursday he was back on a limited basis. The next step is seeing how Charles feels on Friday and if he is able to continue increasing his work. The key is in balancing the activity with the risk of increasing injury to the muscle. If there are no setbacks before Sunday, it appears Charles has a good chance to play.