Jamaal Charles, Justin Houston to miss start of training camp

The Kansas City Chiefs will go into training camp without two of their most important players on either side of the ball. Both running back Jamaal Charles and linebacker Justin Houston are expected to miss the start of camp, but that doesn’t mean their seasons are in jeopardy.

Houston underwent ACL surgery in February and won’t be ready for camp when it begins in late July. Despite likely missing all of camp and possibly the preseason, head coach Andy Reid feels confident he could be ready to take the field in September.

“When you’re around him, you have this optimism he’s going to be back in a short period of time, but in reality it’s going to take a little bit,” Reid said Thursday after the Chiefs concluded their final offseason practice. “That’s OK. We’ve got other guys that will step in, step up for him at that spot until he gets back. The important thing is that he gets back and is healthy and that you don’t rush it and do something foolish with it.”

As for Charles, his return seems a lot more imminent for the Chiefs at this point. Reid commented on his star running back, who tore his ACL in October, and seemed pretty set on not wanting to push him too much.

“We’ll have to see with Jamaal,” Reid said. “You don’t want to take any steps back. He had two good days here and then we’ll just see how he does at camp. We’re optimistic about the two days. But let’s not rush him. We know what he’s all about. Let’s get him back to where he feels good and whatever timetable that is or how much he practices there, we’ll see day by day.”

Over the last five years, Houston has recorded 223 tackles and 56 sacks. He has led the team in sacks three of the last four years including coming up just shy of breaking Michael Strahan’s record in 2014.

Jamaal Charles has played a big role for the Chiefs over the last eight seasons. He has rushed for over 7,200 yards and 42 touchdowns, while catching passes for over 2,400 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Both of these players’ presence would be a huge boost for the Chiefs, who are looking to repeat their 11-5 record from last year that helped them get to the playoffs. They open the season on Sept. 11 when they host the San Diego Chargers.

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