Chiefs reportedly place Jamaal Charles on injured reserve

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs placed All-Pro running back on injured reserve, after a follow-up examination Monday by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews.

Oct. 11, 2015; Kansas City, MO; Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) is helped off the field in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears as a concerned coach Andy Reid (right) observes. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Oct. 11, 2015; Kansas City, MO; Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) is helped off the field in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears as a concerned coach Andy Reid (right) observes. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the move. Reports indicate Charles expect to miss eight weeks. The timing means the veteran running back could be designated to return from injured reserve after six weeks and before the NFL playoffs, if the team advances.

The team also reportedly signed running back Bishop Sankey from the practice squad of the New England Patriots. The team has yet to confirm either transaction.

Andrews performed surgery on Charles last October after the All-Pro back tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. Charles briefly returned to the field for the Chiefs, but developed swelling on the knee during practice for the team’s week six seven game against the New Orleans Saints.

Charles played just two snaps against the Saints, and the held him out of Sunday’s game against the Colts.

“This isn’t uncommon,” Reid said at his weekly press conference Monday. “Let’s just figure out what it is and go from there.”

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Matt Derrick is the lead beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and the Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @MattDerrick.


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