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Jamaal Charles returns to Chiefs practice

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) collapsed on the field after an injury in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in NFL action on December 7, 2014 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) collapsed on the field after an injury in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in NFL action on December 7, 2014 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The Kansas City Star

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has bounced back again.

Charles returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday after sitting out a day because of knee and ankle injuries sustained in last Sunday’s loss at Phoenix.

Charles handled the ball just 12 times against the Cardinals — rushing 10 times for 91 yards and a touchdown and catching two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown — and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson hopes to get Charles more touches on Sunday against Oakland.

“As often as you can, whether you’re throwing it to him or handing it to him,” Pederson said. “My job is to get him in positions where we can take advantage of one-on-one matchups where he’s not being doubled, and coming up with schemes that allow him to touch the ball.

“You saw earlier in the game last week how explosive he can be … third play of the game (a 63-yard touchdown run). And being able to throw it to him out of the backfield … you have help down the field. (Wide receiver) Jason Avant made two great blocks on two great plays.”

Injury report

The Chiefs said defensive lineman Allen Bailey (concussion), linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) and cornerback Phillip Gaines (concussion) did not practice.

Besides Charles, tight end Anthony Fasano (knee), linebacker Joe Mays (knee) were limited.

The Raiders said cornerback Tarell Brown (foot/ankle) and wide receiver Denarius Moore (knee/ankle) did not practice, and linebacker Sio Moore (hip) and wide receiver Andre Holmes (shoulder) were limited.

Hali honored by USA Football

Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali was among 26 players chosen by USA Football for its All-Fundamental team.

Players from 22 teams were selected with input from a five-man committee that included former Chiefs coach Herm Edwards and former Chiefs president Carl Peterson, now chairman of USA Football, the governing body for the sport in the United States.

The All-Fundamental team recognizes NFL players who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, which fosters safety benefits and better on-field performances.

The All-Fundamental team includes Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, Chicago running back Matt Forte, Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne, New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, Cincinnati cornerback Terence Newman and New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

Three rookies made the squad: Oakland linebacker Khail Mack, Arizona place kicker Chandler Catanzaro and Dallas guard Zach Martin.

Chiefs prepare for Murray

Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton expects his team to get another good look at Oakland running back Latavius Murray, who ran for 112 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown, before leaving the Raiders’ 24-20 win over the Chiefs on Nov. 20.

“We saw him go by us for about 90 yards,” Sutton said. “We got a long, long look at him as he went down the field. He’s a big man who runs fast, and that’s not always a good combination if you’re on defense.”

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