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Still A Chance Jamaal Charles Could Return This Season, Despite 2nd Knee Surgery

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles‘ knee surgery on Wednesday went as well as expected and there’s some optimism he has a shot to come back this year.

There was obviously some concern that Charles’ 2016 season could be over after he was reportedly dealing with pain in both of his knees.

The Chiefs placed him on injured reserve Tuesday, but there was a chance he could be a candidate for return later on in the year. It’s worth mentioning that by placing him on injured reserve, it would cost Charles at least the next eight weeks of the season.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware left Sunday’s with a concussion, which prompted the team to sign Bishop Sankey off of the Patriots’ practice squad.

Charles, 29, is in the third year of his four-year, $28 million contract that included $8.3 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $2.75 million (2016), and $3.75 million (2017) over the remainder of the contract.

This season, Charles has appeared in three games and rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries (3.3 YPC) to go along with two receptions for 14 yards receiving and a touchdown.