Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left no doubts about his playing status for this Sunday's game against the visiting Dallas Cowboys.
"I'm ready to play," he said. "I'm ready-to-play percent."
Charles left the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third quarter with a bruised quad muscle and his team up 21-2.
"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 did not practice on Wednesday as a safety precaution and was limited Thursday. However, he has been on track to play all week. He fully participated in practice Friday.
"You're going to feel sore," Charles said. "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 a tough player."
Charles is from Port Arthur, Texas, and played collegiately at Texas.
"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," he said. "I want to go out there and have a good game."