Kansas City Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles avoided the dreaded Lisfranc injury to his right foot and could return soon, according to Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder.

"People are speculating Lisfranc and all that,’’ Burkholder said. “He doesn’t have any discomfort there. I’ve had him see two orthopedic surgeons, and everybody’s on the same page. He’s got a mild foot strain and he’s day-to-day.’’

Charles has a strained foot, according to the Kansas City Star.

“When we say day-to-day, he’s literally day-to-day,’’ Burkholder said. “That’s how coach (Andy) Reid and I work. We’ll evaluate him this afternoon. He will get treatment all day today. We will evaluate him tomorrow. Sometimes these guys do partial practices. We may get him out here (Wednesday) and move him around.

"He may take the whole (practice). We may hold him back, depending on his symptoms. We don’t determine anything the night before. That frees the doctors and my crew to look at him and use our best judgment, and then we go from there.’’

X-rays were ruled negative.

“There’s a tendon that attaches right at that spot,’’ Burkholder said. “That’s what’s sore right now. That’s why we call it a strain. Today, he’s sore up his leg, and that’s natural. We expected to see that.’’

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.