INDIANAPOLIS — The Chiefs scheduled an examination for running back Jamaal Charles with orthopedic surgeon James Andrews to take another look at his problematic right knee.
“Jamaal’s going to see Dr. Andrews tomorrow and have his knee checked out one more time,” Reid said during his post-game press conference following the team’s 30-14 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
“We just can’t get that thing to where it needs to be for him to play,” Reid said. “We’re trying to be as cautious as we possibly can with him with that.”
Charles practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday this past week before the them held him out of Friday’s practice ahead of the Colts game.
“The knee was up and down,” Reid said Friday while declaring Charles out for the game against the Colts. “We just want to back him off here and see if we can’t get that thing to settle down.”
Charles tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Oct. 11, 2015 in a game against the Chicago Bears. Andrews performed surgery nine days later.
The first sign of problems occurred on Oct. 20, exactly one year following his surgery. Charles develop inflammation following practice, and the team declared him questionable for last week’s game against the Saints.
The veteran back tested his knee before the game and team made him active, but he played just two snaps with a rush for no gain.
The All-Pro back joined the team during offseason training activities in a limited role, but started training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The team removed him from the PUP list Aug. 16, but held him out of all four preseason games and the first three games of the regular season.
Charles made his season debut Oct. 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, picking up seven yards on two carries. Following the team’s bye week, Charles rushed nine times for 33 yards with two catches for 14 yards against Oakland on Oct. 16.
This is the second time the 29-year-old Charles rehabilitated a torn ACL. He sustained a torn ACL in his left knee during the second week of the 2011 season.