Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is expected to play on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills despite missing one day of practice this week with a bruised knee. Charles missed practice on Wednesday, but was able to return on Thursday and Friday, making Wednesday seem like more of a precaution than anything else. Charles suffered the injury last week against the Cleveland Browns and is officially listed as probable.
Injury Outlook: This doesn’t appear to be much to worry about, as we near the middle of the season, there will be weeks where guys get a day or two off to just rest their bodies to stay fresh. In Charles case, he actually hurt the knee during Week 8, so it makes sense to give him a day off and allow any inflammation, pain, or swelling to diminish. We do know that Charles is dealing with a bruised knee, but we just don’t know the exact location of the bruise.
If the bruise is superficial, something that happens when you bang your knee into a wall or land on it, that’s one thing. But if the bruise is more within the joint space and is causing any internal damage to the knee, then that’s a bit trickier to deal with as increased activity and stress could cause more inflammatory waste product to develop within the knee itself, leading to increased inflammation and swelling and decreased joint mobility. When the inflammatory response to trauma is within the joint (versus superficially), it becomes harder to manage and more difficult for a player to play through, especially in a weight bearing joint like the knee. However, there is no confirmation that this is what Charles is dealing with.
At this point, it doesn’t appear that Charles is dealing with a serious contusion, as he was able to fully participate in practice on Friday. There shouldn’t be much concern moving forward unless he suffers some sort of setback. Expect Charles to be just fine moving forward unless you hear otherwise.
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