Chiefs’ Andy Reid on RB Jamaal Charles: ‘He felt pretty good today’

Dec 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO; Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) carries the ball against the Oakland Raiders in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO; Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) carries the ball against the Oakland Raiders in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles came out of the Sunday’s game no worse than how he entered.

Charles, who has been dealing with ankle and knee injuries, was present at the team’s training facility Monday and checked out fine.

“They did some stuff with him after the game that he was able to take home with him to keep the swelling down in his knee and ankle,” coach Andy Reid told reporters during Monday’s media session. “He felt pretty good today.”

Charles briefly left Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders to undergo concussion protocol on the sidelines after receiving a hit, but eventually returned to the field to play on 67 offensive snaps. He gave way in the second half to running back Knile Davis for good with the Chiefs up big en route to a 31-13 win over Oakland.

Charles finished with 52 yards rushing on 12 carries, and should be fine for Week 16’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Meanwhile, Reid didn’t offer updates on defensive lineman Jaye Howard (shoulder strain) and inside linebacker Josh Mauga (oblique strain).

Reid said defensive end Allen Bailey and rookie cornerback Phillip Gaines are continuing concussion protocol.

“We will probably know something later, maybe today,” Reid said. “We will see how all that works.”

Bailey has missed two straight games since sustaining his concussion in Week 13, while Gaines missed Week 15 after sustaining his concussion in practice.

Reid said outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who has been dealing with a knee issue, is “pretty good.”

“He had some swelling on his knee last week,” Reid said. “It’s not in there right now, which is a plus.”

Hali played on 58 defensive snaps on Oakland’s 80 total offensive snaps before rookie Dee Ford came in on relief.

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