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Jamaal Charles, Tamba Hali getting acclimated to practice at different speeds

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles worked a drill with running-backs coach Eric Bieniemy earlier this month.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles worked a drill with running-backs coach Eric Bieniemy earlier this month. mdavis@kcstar.com

The difference between running back Jamaal Charles and outside linebacker Tamba Hali working their way back to full speed at practice after recovering and rehabbing surgically repaired knees could be the difference between being the hittee and the hitter.

For Charles, operating confidently in traffic is the objective.

“It’s always different with people around your feet,” Chiefs’ co-offensive coordinator Brad Childress said. “All the rehab that you do (and a) seven-on-seven (drill) is more of an air thing. You saw him running through some line of scrimmage with some contested people. You have to find out some things about what you can do. He’s probably working through natural soreness. He’s got to spend time on that leg and do football-type movement.”

As for Hali, who joined practice on Tuesday for the first time since the end of last season, the rust wasn’t apparent.

“He’s an energy giver,” defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. “He has a great energy and passion for the game. That passion when you’re a veteran player, it’s very meaningful. We’re excited to have him back there. He’s not afraid to speak up and get everybody going.”

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali returned to the field for the first time after missing training camp while resting his balky knees.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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