Jamaal Charles, Tamba Hali look like they will be ready vs. Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Running back Jamaal Charles and outside linebacker Tamba Hali will be key players for the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s crucial game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday both players were in relatively good shape with regard to their injuries.

Charles has soreness in his knee and a sprained ankle. Hali has been dealing with swelling in his knee for a large part of the season.

“Jamaal came in today and did his work," Reid said. “[Chiefs trainers] did some stuff with him after the game that he was able to take home with him to keep the swelling down in his knee and ankle, and he felt pretty good today."

Charles expressed frustration after Sunday’s 31-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders about his nagging injuries and his inability to stay healthy for much of the season.

Hali missed two days of practice last week but played against the Raiders. The Chiefs did pull him from the lineup more than normal.

“He had some swelling in his knee last week," Reid said. “It’s not in there right now, which is a plus."