But there seems little benefit in taking a chance on injury with someone as valuable as Charles.
Enter Knile Davis.
Reid reiterated Monday that he wouldn’t hesitate to rely on Davis.
"Do I feel he can step into that role? Yes," Reid said. "You have to feel that way. That’s the way we’ve built that position — if Jamaal ever went down, (Davis) would step in."
When reminded that he does have other options at running back, namely Cyrus Gray, Reid simply smiled.
"The option we’ve been using is 34 (Davis)," he said.
Of course, there is one area of Davis’ game that Reid isn’t too thrilled about, especially following Sunday’s game against the Colts.
Davis, known as a fumbler at Arkansas, had fumbled only once this season in 57 touches — and that fumble came after a reception.
But Sunday, Davis fumbled twice against the Colts, losing one in the first half on a running play with the Chiefs leading 7-3. That lost fumble seemed to turn the game’s momentum. The Colts scored two plays later and never looked back, taking total command of the game.