Time­line for Charles.

Vet­eran run­ning back Ja­maal Charles calmly awaits chance.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nick Kos­mider

Ja­maal Charles did not play in the Bron­cos’ pre­sea­son opener at Chicago on Thurs­day. And it is un­clear if the vet­eran run­ning back will suit up Sat­ur­day at San Fran­cisco.

“I’m not sure yet,” coach Vance Joseph said when asked whether Charles would play against the 49ers.

Charles, signed to a one-year con­tract by the Bron­cos in the off­sea­son af­ter spend­ing his first nine sea­sons with AFC West ri­val Kansas City, re­mains one of Den­ver’s big­gest ques­tion marks as the team en­ters its fi­nal month of prepa­ra­tions be­fore the Sept. 11 reg­u­lar-sea­son opener against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers.

Although his full-team rep­e­ti­tions have been el­e­vated dur­ing the past week, Charles has still seen lim­ited ac­tion as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from mul­ti­ple knee surg­eries the last two years.

The man who has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in a sea­son five times in­sists he is not feel­ing pres­sure as ros­ter de­ci­sions creep closer.

“I don’t think I have to prove any­thing,” he said. “Peo­ple know what I can do. I feel con­fi­dent. What­ever Coach Vance (Joseph) and the train­ers say, that’s their di­rec­tion. I’m just out here ev­ery day just get­ting healthy and get­ting my craft ready and pre­par­ing to play when­ever.”

Joseph said the Bron­cos will “prob­a­bly” need to see Charles, whose one-year deal could reach $3.75 mil­lion with in­cen­tives, play in the pre­sea­son be­fore mak­ing a ros­ter de­ci­sion with the run­ning back.

“He’ll even­tu­ally play,” Joseph said. “It de­pends on the (doc­tors) and how he’s feel­ing.”

Charles said he has ex­pe­ri­enced no set­backs as he has grad­u­ally par­tic­i­pated more in prac­tice this month.

He has made a con­certed ef­fort, he said, to run on his right side and cut off the knee that has been wrapped in a brace and was op­er­ated on as re­cently as Novem­ber.

“I’m out here,” he said. “When­ever they throw me in the fire, I’m go­ing to be ready.”

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