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KC Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles will play, De'Anthony Thomas will sit vs. Patriots

Running back Jamaal Charles will played against the Patriots, as expected, but Chiefs rookie De'Anthony Thomas had to wait another week to make his NFL debut.

Thomas, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury for the last four weeks, was one of seven inactive players for the Chiefs on Monday night when they faced the New England Patriots.

Quarterback Aaron Murray, receiver Albert Wilson, running back Joe McKnight, safety Eric Berry, guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and defensive Damion Square also were inactive.

Charles, who missed the Chiefs' game against the Dolphins last week with a high-ankle sprain, was listed as probable on Saturday's injury report, which was a strong indication he would play.

It remained to be seen how much work he would get. His backup, Knile Davis, rushed for a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries last week, but Charles is a better blocker and receiver and could easily usurp most of the touches, provided he's healthy.

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