Charles underwent offseason knee surgery and has been inactive for the Chiefs' first three games. In his absence, Spencer Ware has 387 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.
Charles is listed as questionable for Sunday Night Football. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that Charles is expected to play. He was upgraded to a questionable status Friday.
Despite being listed as questionable (knee), Chiefs' RB Jamaal Charles will make 2016 season debut Sunday night in Pitt, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2016
I would expect Charles to be on a snap count this weekend. He can't be trusted yet as an RB2, with Ware still in the picture. I rank Ware as a low-end RB2 or flex play against the Steelers, a unit allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season. Ware had 20 carries for 75 yards in the Chiefs' Week 3 win against the New York Jets. He played 71 percent of the Chiefs' snaps in the victory and is still expected to be the Chiefs' goal-line back.
An upgrade for #KCChiefs RB Jamaal Charles: Coach Andy Reid says at his press conference he’s questionable for Sunday.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2016
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will also make his season debut against the Chiefs.