KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With a simple declaration, running back Jamaal Charles put the fears of Kansas City Chiefs fans to rest regarding his availability for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium.
"I'm ready to play," Charles said.
He wouldn't say how close to full health he was, adding only, "I'm ready-to-play percent."
Charles left during the third quarter of last week's victory at Jacksonville with a bruised quad muscle. He returned for a couple of plays after the injury, then sat the rest of the game. The Chiefs were up 21-2 at the time; they won 28-2.
"There was no reason [to continue], so that's why I didn't go back into the game," he said. "I wanted to but the coaches told me to relax and go to the sideline and go in and get treatment. My best opportunity was to go inside and get treatment on my leg and get ready for the next week. Every game is very important to win."
Charles remained on track this week to play against the Cowboys. He didn't practice Wednesday, mostly as a precaution. He was a limited participant Thursday and a full participant Friday.
"You're going to feel sore," said Charles, who is from Port Arthur, Texas, and played at Texas. "That's the game of football. You've just got to fight through it. I've been through tougher things than this. I've fought through a whole bunch of stuff that's been hurting me. ... I'm really a tough player and I'll play through pain.
"I'm really excited because a lot of people from my hometown and a lot of people from Texas are going to be watching this game. I want to go out there and have a good game."