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Jamaal Charles struggling with rebuilt left knee

Jamaal Charles, Justin Rogers

Kansas City Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles (25) runs under pressure from Buffalo Bills’ Justin Rogers (26) during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)


As if the Chiefs didn’t have enough problems, one of their playmakers isn’t able to make them.

Running back Jamaal Charles is experiencing soreness in his left knee, the same one in which he tore the ACL last season.

So while coach Romeo Crennel was optimistic Charles would be able to go against the Saints this week, the reality is Charles doesn’t appear to be all the way back.

He got banged up a little bit and then [coaches] decided not to put him back in the game,” Crennel said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “He wanted to go back in, . . . but the other guys were doing OK so we left the other guys in.

“I talked to him after the game. He said he wanted to go back in and he felt OK. He was getting treatment, so I think he’ll be ready to play this week.”

Charles only played 21 snaps against the Bills, with six carries for three yards and three catches for 19 yards.

That left the bulk of the work to Peyton Hillis and Shaun Draughn, and that’s not a tandem that’s going to lift the Chiefs out of their current malaise.