KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs running Jamaal Charles underwent another knee operation Monday, this time on his left knee, as part of an ongoing attempt to eliminate pain in both knees and pave the way for his return to the field
Orthopedic surgeon James Andrews performed the surgery Nov. 14, according to the team’s head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder.
“He’s had his right knee scoped, now he’s had his left knee scoped,” Burkholder said. “The rehab’s the same. We anticipate recovery will be fine. We’ll just see how it goes.”
Andrews first performed exploratory surgery on Charles Nov. 2. The surgeon believed Charles suffered a meniscus tear in his right knee, and performed a meniscus trim during the procedure.
Burkholder did not indicate what, if any, repairs were performed during Monday’s procedure.
Charles complained of pain in both knees during his aborted comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. The team placed Charles on injured reserve Nov. 1.
The Pro Bowl back suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in October 2015. Charles also underwent surgery for a torn ACL in left knee in September 2011.
Burkholder said Charles continues recovery at Andrews’ clinic and expects the running back to return to the team after Thanksgiving.
The team offered no timetable on recovery for the veteran back, or whether an option remains to designate his return from injured reserve later this season.