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Reports state Jamaal Charles will play despite questionable injury status

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has missed his team's first three games of the season due to a knee injury he had been recovering from since he tore his ACL in week five of the 2015 season against the Chicago Bears. 

He has been listed as questionable for the AFC West side's game this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers, so it will likely be a game-time decision as to whether or not he will play.

However, Charles has practiced with the offense all week, which can only lead towards a positive trend for him to start against the Pitt, and ESPN's Adam Schefter has shed some more light of the situation.


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Schefter tweeted that the 29-year-old will play against the Steelers this weekend in some way, rather than going along with some of the other reports that have left his playing status up in the air.

How much the Chiefs will use the running back is still a mystery. He probably won't be used as the featured back straight away due to how long he has been out for, so still expect Spencer Ware to eat into his carries.

If the game is a blowout, Kansas City will probably opt to not putting him out on the field as much in order to protect him, but if it is a close game, they may opt to play him more in all situations; passing downs and running downs.

With fellow running back Charcandrick West (ankle) out too, this will provide more opportunities for Charles to get back to full strength and hopefully as the featured back, although his injury history may limit the Chiefs from making that happen once more.

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