The Kansas City Chiefs hope Jamaal Charles won't be on the shelf the rest of the season.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that while the running back's surgery to trim his meniscus landed him injured reserve, the procedure could allow Charles to return in weeks rather than months.

The Chiefs could use the designated to return tag after Charles sits out eight weeks.

The target date for a return is Week 17 if the Chiefs need him, or, more likely, if K.C. makes the playoffs and Charles is deemed healthy, he could be back for a potential postseason run, Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation.