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Andy Reid: Chiefs will split carries in Charles' absence

Aug 21, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (35) carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 14-13. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-20. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 21, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (35) carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 14-13. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-20. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Charcandrick West (left) and Knile Davis (right) are next up in the Chiefs' broken backfield. John Rieger USA TODAY Sports

Jamaal Charles accounted for nearly 40 percent of Kansas City's offense this season.

That's 92 offensive touches through five weeks that the Chiefs have to entrust elsewhere. And they're certainly planning on spreading snaps around vs. the Vikings on Sunday.

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"You know you're not going to replace Jamaal (lost to a torn ACL)," head coach Andy Reid told reporters. "That's not how you go about it. You find out and (take advantage of) the strengths of those other players."

That's a smart play by Reid. No one player can step in and product like Charles, but maybe multiple players can patch something comparable together.

Next man up? The running back Reid said resembles No. 25 the most, Charcandrick West. Veteran reserve Knile West could also factor in.

So could these other options; it'll take a village to replace a guy like Charles this season.

(h/t NFL.com)

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