Injury roundup: Chiefs place Jamaal Charles on PUP list

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The Kansas City Chiefs will be without another veteran to start training camp.

The team placed running back Jamaal Charles on the physically unable to perform list for the start of workouts, BJ Kissel of the team's official website announced.

The news of Charles' absence comes a day after the Chiefs found out they'd be without Eric Berry and Justin Houston for at least the start of camp.

Charles suffered an ACL tear in October and underwent his second knee surgery in the past four years. Turning 30 in December, the Chiefs won't rush Charles back about nine months after going under the knife.

After Charles went down in Week 5, K.C. saw Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware combine for 1,257 yards and 11 touchdowns. Ware starred down the stretch and should take the lead role as long as Charles is absent.

Once he returns, Charles should slide right back into the top slot on the depth chart. When healthy the nine-year pro is one of the most dynamic, well-rounded backs in the NFL. But with two capable backups, it wouldn't be a surprise if coach Andy Reid decided it was time to curtail some of Charles' workload.

Here are other injuries we are monitoring Wednesday:

1. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told reporters rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey (knee) has been medically cleared to practice. However, the team will be careful with the first-year player. He added that Ramsey will work inside and in nickel during camp. Ramsey underwent surgery in May to repair a small tear to the meniscus in his right knee, which he suffered during phase two of the team's offseason conditioning program.

2. The Jets waived running back Zac Stacy after he failed his physical with the team due to a broken leg, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The team also placed running back Khiry Robinson on the PUP list with a leg injury. To replace these runners, New York is signing former Ravens and Jaguars back Bernard Pierce.

3. Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith will be placed on the NFI list due to the injury he sustained during the Fiesta Bowl, Rapoport reported from a team source. Smith could not be placed on the PUP list because he sustained the injury while in college.

4. The Bears placed linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee, conditioning), guard Amini Silatolu (knee) and receiver Marquess Wilson (foot) on the PUP list, Bears GM Ryan Pace told reporters.

5. Two important defenders for the reigning Super Bowl champions will not start training camp with the rest of the team. The Broncos have placed Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware on the NFL non-football injury list.

6. Running back Ryan Mathews was placed by the Eagles on the active/non-football injury list after suffering an ankle injury training the previous week.

7. After missing the entire 2015 campaign, Panthers wideout Kelvin Benjamin is "healthy and ready to go" for training camp, per NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon. In other news surrounding Carolina, cornerback Bene' Benwikere will start camp on the PUP list.

8. After tearing his ACL and MCL last year, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said on the first day of camp that he will wear a left knee brace for all of the 2016 season.

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles) will start training camp on the PUP list, and addressed the media on Wednesday. Despite suffering the brutal injury, Suggs seems to be quite resilient.

"People say 'he can't do it again,'" Suggs said. "I guess we'll find out."

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