Jamaal Charles, Tamba Hali to return in 2 weeks

Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) carries the ball in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) carries the ball in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Kansas City Chiefs will be seeing the return of running back Jamaal Charles and outside linebacker Tamba Hali soon.

Kansas City has looked excellent in training camp by all accounts, and doing so without the help of Charles and Hali, who remain on the PUP list. Yet, general manager John Dorsey stated on Wednesday that both players are expected back within the next two weeks, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The Chiefs have been very cautious with Charles and Hali, with both coming off varying degrees of knee injury. With Hali well into his 30s and Charles entering dinosaur territory as a 29-year-old running back, letting those knees get a few more weeks of relaxation isn’t the worst idea.

It would be mildly shocking if either Hali or Charles see any time in the preseason. Charles has been used very sparingly in the past few exhibition seasons, while Hali could sit and watch Dadi Nicolas and Dee Ford taking extra reps.

In other news, Justin Houston’s timetable remains unclear. Houston had knee surgery back in February and could miss anywhere from a few games to the entire season. Ford will be taking his reps in the meantime.