AFC West Blog
The early reports on Jamaal Charles' injury from Week 2 stated that he had a high ankle sprain. The team basically confirmed as much Monday. Maybe Andy Reid misspoke, because Charles actually practiced Thursday. He was officially limited, but Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher said Charles "looked OK to me."
Wes Welker returned to the Broncos' practice facility Wednesday and will play in Week 3, according to USA Today. The NFL and the NFLPA agreed to a new drug policy earlier in the day that resulted in reduced and overturned suspensions for a number of players, including Welker. he was in line to serve a suspension for amphetamine use until Week 6 but will be available this weekend as a result of the new policy.
We won't be seeing last year's top fantasy running back on a football field for a while. The Chiefs confirmed Monday that Jamaal Charles suffered a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to the Broncos. Head coach Andy Reid didn't estimate when Charles will play again but did say that it's not a "real severe" sprain. Charles gained 12 yards on three touches before departing. He has rushed for 23 yards on nine carries this season.
Last season, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews shook off the "injury-prone" label by playing a full season for the first time in his four-year career. But periods of good health for NFL players are fleeting, especially for running backs. Mathews is finding that out today; he has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his right knee. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mathews' sprain is severe enough to where he could be sidelined for four or five weeks. However, Mathews is hoping to play before that much time passes.
Broncos WR Wes Welker will not play in Week 2, according to FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo. It was previously reported by several outlets that Welker would be in the Broncos' lineup for Sunday's game. However, the NFL and the NFLPA have yet to finalize the new drug-testing agreement that would retroactively revoke Welker's suspension.
According to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area, Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew suffered an injury to his right hand during Sunday's loss to the Jets and underwent a procedure to fix the issue Monday. Head coach Dennis Allen confirmed that Jones-Drew had something done on the hand and said he is day-to-day. A source told Smith that the veteran "is not expected to miss much time, if any."
Despite a slightly torn tendon in his left foot, Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is active for tonight's game against the Chargers. He isn't expected to receive a full workload and will likely share carries with Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor.
On the Chargers' side, tight end Antonio Gates is also active despite being limited by a hamstring injury.