After tearing his ACL towards the beginning of last season, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles says that he’s “80 percent” healthy right now.
Charles believes he’ll be the same he was before tearing his ACL.
“If you’re worried about me not being the same, just look for this year, look out for me and you’ll see,” Charles said.
“I feel like I can do the same things my teammates do,” Charles said. “I do it without the coaches around. I catch balls, I cut, I do ladder drills and I’ve been doing this for like two months. So coaches weren’t there when I was back home working out, so whatever time that I need for my body to rest, I think it’s even better to wait it out for a while.”
The good news is that Charles’ doctors believe he’s ahead of schedule with his recovery, even though he believes he’s only at 80 percent.
“I’m hungry, I want it this year,” Charles said. “I’ve got the passion for it. I can be patient, but 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. 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.”Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone