KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has traveled this path before. Charles tore the ACL in his left knee in week 2 of the 2011 season and returned the following year as the player we remembered before the injury.
Charles had great seasons in 2012 and 2013 and a solid year in 2014, considering a string of smaller, nagging injuries.
Does he have it in him to make another comeback after tearing the ACL in his right knee in Sunday’s 18-17 loss to the Chicago Bears? Coach Andy Reid is counting on it.
"He’s an amazing guy that way," Reid said. "He’s one of those rare athletes that you have an opportunity to coach. They’re genetically, mentally strong and can do things most people can’t do when it comes to their profession."
Charles indeed showed a considerable amount of resolve in returning from his previous ACL injury. If he has that in him again this time, he’ll make it back to the Chiefs in 2016.
Reid said he spoke with Charles after Sunday’s game.
"He’s obviously down, but he’s positive about coming back, getting himself back," Reid said. “That’s where his energy will be directed now, getting through the surgery and getting himself back to where he can play and that’s where it should be.
"He’s not a selfish guy. He feels like he let the team down. That’s not the case at all."