Jamaal Charles is proof that not all Chiefs' ACL news is bad

Jamaal Charles is on schedule to return to full strength by training camp after an ACL tear in October. David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/TNS/Getty Images

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Not all of the news surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs and anterior cruciate ligaments is bad. The Chiefs, for instance, are expecting running back Jamaal Charles back at full strength in time for the start of training camp in July.

The same goes for cornerback Phillip Gaines, who is the most logical candidate to replace departed free agent Sean Smith in the starting lineup.

Both players tore an ACL last season -- Gaines in late September and Charles two weeks later.

“They aren’t ready right now, as we didn’t think they would be," Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said. “You’ll see them a little bit at the [offseason practices] and minicamps in some limited work and we anticipate, with no setbacks, they’ll be fine by the time we’re ready to go in July."

The latest word on Charles is consistent with what the Chiefs have been saying for some time, that his rehab was going well and they expected him back in time for the start of the 2016 season.

Linebacker Tamba Hali, who was bothered by soreness in his right knee most of last season, had arthroscopic knee surgery in February. The Chiefs also expect him back for the start of training camp.