Jamaal Charles makes appearance at Chiefs practice

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who tore his right ACL in an Oct. 11 game, did some work on a hill adjacent to the field where his teammates were practicing Wednesday. Adam Teicher/ESPN.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Running back Jamaal Charles made his first appearance at practice since the Kansas City Chiefs began workouts last week. Charles didn’t participate, but instead went with a trainer over to a hill adjacent to the field where his teammates were working.

Charles walked up the hill, first backward and then forward, several times. He spent about 20 minutes on the hill before spending a couple of minutes on the sideline at practice, watching the workout and chatting briefly with fellow running backs Knile Davis and Charcandrick West.

Charles returned to the locker room before practice was finished, running off the field at something close to full speed.

Charles hasn’t played or practiced since tearing his right ACL in an Oct. 11 game against the Chicago Bears at Arrowhead. The Chiefs have indicated his participation in offseason practice would be minimal at best, but that Charles should be ready for work when training camp begins this summer.