Vance Joseph: Jamaal Charles will play in preseason before roster decided

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Saturday that the team would probably have to see Jamaal Charles play in a game to make a decision about the running back when rosters leaguewide go to 53 players before the regular season.

Charles, who has played in just eight games in the past two years because of multiple knee surgeries, did not play in the Broncos' preseason opener Thursday night in Chicago. Charles did not take part in team drills as training camp opened but has been worked steadily into practice a little more with each passing week.

The Broncos see Charles, a four-time Pro Bowl selection in his nine seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, as a potential situational player who could get 10-12 snaps per game if they determine his knees will hold up to the work. Joseph said Saturday he had not yet decided if Charles would play next Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers, but Joseph did concede the team's decision-makers would likely have to see Charles play in a game before they make their roster decisions.

"Probably, yes," Joseph said. "We have got San Fran this week, we have got Green Bay, and even Arizona Week 4. He will eventually play; it depends on the docs and how he's feeling."


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