FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is dealing with a high ankle sprain that caused him to miss last week’s game against the Miami Dolphins. His status for Monday night’s game against the New England Patriots is still up in the air.

But Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that Charles would practice Thursday.

“Yeah, I think so. He’s going to practice today. We’ll see how it goes,” Reid said.

Whether or not Charles plays, the Patriots are preparing to face off against one of the NFL’s elite running backs.

“We are preparing like [Charles] is going to play,” defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. “If he doesn’t play, he doesn’t play. They didn’t miss a beat last week without him, so this is a team that wants to run the football and that’s what they do. They are built to run the ball. They have explosive guys at the skill positions. We have to be able to stop all of them.”

If Charles doesn’t play, the Patriots will have their hands full with another tough running back, Knile Davis. At 5-foot-10 and 227 pounds, Davis packs a big punch to his game while also possessing explosive speed.

“A big, strong, powerful running back that can hit you anywhere on the field. He’s a bigger guy but he is fast,” Wilfork said about Davis.

And if Charles plays, the Patriots have to deal with the combination of Charles and Davis, who Wilfork says are used in similar ways because both backs can do it all.

“They both run downhill. They both test the edges. They both catch the ball out of the backfield. They both block,” Wilfork said. “So they are built differently but at the same …read more