The team on Wednesday activated linebacker Justin March-Lillard off injured reserve, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. With the 23-year-old defender serving as Kansas City's designated-to-return player, Charles is officially done for the year.
While the Chiefs have survived the absence of Charles -- who appeared in just three games this season -- the offense has crossed the 100-yard barrier on the ground just twice since Week 7.
Spencer Ware has led the way, but his 4.3 yards per carry are down from last year's spicy 5.6 figure. Charcandrick West is another adequate fill-in, but it's possible the team will dial up more backfield touches for dazzling rookie triple-threat Tyreek Hill, who took his lone carry against the Titans on Sunday a whopping 68 yards to the house.
It would have been nice to have a healthy Charles back in the fold, but it was never a sure thing. Neither is the running back's roster spot for 2017.