Chiefs still waiting for official word on Jamaal Charles’ status

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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)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Official word on Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles’ knee injury will have to wait.

Coach Andy Reid told reporters during a Monday afternoon press conference that Charles was undergoing an MRI, results pending.

“Nothing has changed from what I mentioned yesterday,” Reid told reporters. “We’ll just get clarification today on exactly what it is, whether it’s an ACL or not.”

Charles suffered the injury without contact in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears and was helped off the field.

Reid, who said following the game preliminary reports “looks more like a torn ACL,” appeared ready for that scenario, which would leave the Chiefs without Charles for the rest of the season.

“The worst case would be that the ACL is torn,” Reid told reporters Monday. “I mean, that’s probably the direction it’s going, that’s the way I’m looking at it now. I’m not being a pessimist, but just from the studies that they were doing, the tests they do on him. The best possible scenario that it isn’t and he could be back and playing.”

Reid said during the press conference he spoke to Charles on Sunday, and the star running back’s focus is on recovery.

“He’s obviously down, but he’s positive about coming back and getting himself back,” Reid said. “That’s where his energy will be directed now, getting through the surgery, getting himself back to where he could play and that’s where he should be.”

Charles leads the team in rushing with 364 yards and four touchdowns on 71 carries, adding 21 receptions for 177 yards and a touchdown.

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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