Injury Report: Jamaal Charles Practices In Full


Consider the bullet temporarily dodged.

Jamaal Charles was a full participant in practice on Wednesday after having some swelling in his knee in Sunday night’s loss to the Denver Broncos. Initial reports from Andy Reid were that the injury wasn’t serious – he noted Charles played through the injury – but with the way this season has gone on the injury front it was hard not to be a little anxious about it. Through Wednesday, things seem to be okay.

In the Kansas City Chiefs first injury report of the week Charles is listed as a full participant, along with seven other teammates who are dealing with an array of injuries. Those players include Dustin Colquitt, Dee Ford, James-Michael Johnson, Josh Mauga, Chris Owens, and Sean Smith.

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More good news comes in the form of Jamell Fleiming, who was also a full participant in practice. The Chiefs needs as many defensive back available to them as possible, especially at cornerback, in order to keep everyone in their appropriate role. This becomes even more important after losing Eric Berry for the season.

This don’t look quite as good for Junior Hemingway, Allen Bailey, and Mike McGlynn. Hemingway and Bailey are both going through the NFL’s concussion protocol so getting a good read on their availability is difficult. One would imagine if neither practices today then they will not play on Sunday. The loss of Bailey would be big since the Chiefs do not have much depth on the defensive line at the moment. Kansas City already struggles against the run and that struggle becomes more difficult when they lack a true run-stopping defensive end. Bailey is the closest thing the Chiefs have to that on their roster with Mike DeVito out for the season.

McGlynn is dealing with a quad injury which is putting his status in doubt. Should McGlynn not be able to go on Sunday it will be interesting to see what the Chiefs do to replace him. Jeff Linkenbach came in for McGlynn when he went down but there have been some calls for Donald Stephenson to get a shot at left guard. Whether or not Stephenson can actually play guard is unknown but it would seem like a better option at the moment than Linkenbach or McGlynn.

Tamba Hali, Donnie Avery, and Anthony Fasano were listed as limited in practice.

Arizona is dealing with their own injury problems. Tyron Mathieu has already be declared out for Sunday with a thumb injury and speculation is running back Andre Ellington will be joining him on the sidelines as an inactive participant.

Ellington is the team’s leading rush on a team that doesn’t run the ball very well to begin with. The Cardinals are averaging only 3.1 yards per carry and Ellington is the only running back with more than 83 yards rushing that’s on the roster. Of course the Chiefs have their own issues stopping the run but maybe facing a team with a backup quarterback and a banged up running game will help nullify those issues.

In addition to that Ellington injury, offensive linemen Paul Fanaika and Jared Veldheer each did not practice with ankle injuries. Ed Stinson, a defensive tackle, did not practice, as well.