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Jamaal Charles ready to put cleats on, go to work

Jamaal Charles has yet to join his Kansas City Chiefs teammates at practice in offseason workouts, but the running back remains confident he'll be in action when training camp begins in July.

"When they let that cape off me, I'm ready to go," Charles said Wednesday, according to The Kansas City Star. "I'm ready to put my cleats back on and punish everybody in my way."

Charles said his body feels so strong, he could play today if needed. (This is a sentiment we seem to hear an awful lot this time of year.)

Charles went on injured reserve after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against the Detroit Lions in Week 2. He had broken out as one of the NFL's top running backs in 2010, when he had nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage for a Chiefs team that won the AFC West.

Charles' game is predicated on speed and cutting ability more than it is on power, so the Chiefs will be holding their breath that the running back still will possess the elusiveness that made him a nightmare for defenses two years ago.

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