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Jamaal Charles sports slimmer leg in return to Kansas City Chiefs

By Alex Butler
Jamaal Charles sports slimmer leg in return to Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25). UPI /Mark Cowan | License Photo

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 15 (UPI) -- Handoffs sent into the belly of No. 25 brought smiles to Kansas City Chiefs fans Tuesday, as Jamaal Charles participated in minicamp.

But if you took a good luck at the former two-time All-Pro, it appears he has some work ahead when it comes to returning to form.

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Charles, who had surgery for a torn ACL in October, participated in individual drills and warm-ups Tuesday. He suffered the knee injury in week 5 last season. But as KFDM-TV sports director Mike Friedman pointed out, Charles' right leg appeared a bit atrophied from his rehab.

Charles sported a black sleeve on elusive limb, which looked like it needed a few more leg-days. The best sign from the photos could be the absence of a knee brace on the Chiefs' most explosive weapon.

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Charles, 29, was averaging 5.1 yards per carry before going down last season. He has rushed for 7,220 yards and 91 touchdowns on 1,320 career carries. Charles also has 283 receptions for 20 career receiving scores in eight seasons for the Chiefs.

Charles has never started all 16 games in a season. He signed a four-year, $28 million contract in 2014. The Chiefs uncovered some of its running back depth in Charles absence. Charcandrick West, 25, rushed for 634 yards and four scores on 160 carries. Quarterback Alex Smith was the Chiefs' second-leading rusher, with 498 yards. Spencer Ware rushed for 403 yards and six scores in 2015.

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