Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles says he is about 80 percent recovered from the torn ACL that ended his season prematurely last September. In comments released by the Chiefs on Wednesday, Charles indicated that he really, really can't wait to get back on the field.
"I'm hungry. I want it this year," Charles said. "I've got the passion for it. I can be patient. I just can't wait to play football, I can't wait to bring stuff back to this community and show how much we can win. And I feel like this is a year for us, that we can go all the way because I can feel it. And me, I feel I can bring a lot to the team this year being bigger and stronger, and I don't know, maybe even faster. I can wait awhile. In my mind, I want to get back out there because I want to see where I'm at, but I feel like I'm already there, so I can just wait. Just like when I had my shoulder surgery, I waited the whole training camp to go back. I didn't do anything really during OTAs or minicamp."
There is a lot of excitement to unpack in that quote, and perhaps for good reason. Charles is averaging over six yards per carry for his career, and is considered by many to be among the most explosive runners in the NFL when healthy. The Chiefs open their season Week 1 at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
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