Running back Jamaal Charles will be back in the lineup when the Chiefs return to practice Sunday, coach Andy Reid said . But Reid said he wasn’t certain whether Charles would play in the next preseason game next Saturday night against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
“We’ll see what he can do,” Reid said Saturday. “We’ll see how he does to tomorrow. We’ll take it day by day.”
Meanwhile, three other players the Chiefs are also counting on won’t practice: tackle Eric Fisher (shoulder), tight end Travis Kelce (bruised knee) and nickel back Dunta Robinson (sprained shoulder).
Fisher injured his shoulder in the opening preseason game against New Orleans but played in Friday night’s 15-13 loss to San Francisco at Arrowhead Stadium. Kelce and Robinson were injured against the 49ers.
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Charles strained his right foot in practice last week and did not play against San Francisco. Whether coincidence or not, the Chiefs had problems moving the ball without him. They scored no offensive touchdowns and had just 92 yards as the starting offense played the entire first half.
Reid indicated he would like to get Charles more work in the preseason, whether that’s in Pittsburgh or in the Aug. 28 game against Green Bay at Arrowhead
“They all need work,” Reid said.
Among other injured players, wide receiver Jamar Newsome sprained his ankle and injured his shoulder against the 49ers and will not practice today. Rookie linebacker Mike Catapano, a seventh-round draft pick, will be back to practice after missing most of training camp because of an injured calf.
Reid touched on other issues Saturday:
On the Chiefs allowing seven sacks, including three in the first half, against San Francisco:
“If you want to point at the offensive line, it’s not always just the offensive line. Everybody’s got a little piece in that. The bottom line is that we’ve got to do better.
“Those things can’t happen. We’ve got to make sure we figure that out. I’m not going to sit here and tell you we game-planned for all of that, either. That’s not what we do for the second preseason game. But at the same time, those were basic fundamental blitzes that we’ve got to be able to take care of.”
On rookie defensive back Sanders Commings, who might have challenged for a starting spot before breaking his collarbone early in training camp:
“That injury is normally six to eight weeks to heal. We’ve re-examined it through X-ray and it’s healing in nice, but he was injured on the 23rd of July. You can figure that one out as far as the weeks go.
“You’ve got to be real careful with those, that they’re healed. You kind of lean towards that eight-week mark.…”
On the early success of the special teams under new coordinator Dave Toub:
“They’re putting guys in the right position to make plays, and the guys are making the plays. They’ve got good schemes. Dave’s a good teacher, a great teacher. He teaches the guys to play fast and efficient.”