Ware (shoulder) will head into the 2020 offseason set to become an unrestricted free agent. Ware's knowledge of the offense paid off late in the season when the Chiefs were lacking depth at the position due to injury, resulting in Ware's addition to the roster. Unfortunately, his campaign ended just three weeks after it began due to a rotator cuff tear, landing him back in the free-agent market this offseason with an injury to boot. He'll likely have to prove to teams he's healthy ahead of 2020 before landing a gig.
The Chiefs placed Ware on injured reserve Wednesday due to a torn rotator cuff, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports. With that, LeSean McCoy -- a healthy scratch in the Chiefs' Week 16 win over the Bears -- will likely be active for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Meanwhile, Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson remain on in the backfield as the Chiefs head into a Week 17 matchup with the Chargers.
Ware is questionable to return to Sunday's game in Chicago due to a shoulder injury. Ware didn't look to be in too much discomfort on the sidelines, but there's a good chance the Chiefs leave him out the rest of the way in a game that they're dominating. Expect Ware to retain a role in the team's running-back rotation in Week 17 against the Chargers, assuming his shoulder isn't an issue.
Ware ran for 26 yards on seven carries and added nine yards on two catches during Sunday's 23-3 win over Denver. It was just his second game back in red and yellow, but Ware managed to tie for the team lead among running backs with nine touches Sunday. The Chiefs have split up the workload among Ware, Darwin Thompson and Shady McCoy in Damien Williams' (ribs) three-game absence, making it hard to put much faith in any of them. Ware, signed just two weeks ago, certainly has the freshest legs of the bunch, but, whether or not Williams is ready Sunday, Ware is a tough play against a very stout Chicago run defense.
Ware racked up five carries for 11 yards and reeled in one of his two passes for a loss of nine yards during Sunday's win over the Patriots. Ware actually led the way in offensive snaps at the running back position, taking the field for 40 percent. Even with the significant role, the veteran back was unable to produce much and his role may be headed for a reduction if Damien Williams (ribs) is cleared to return in Week 15 versus the Broncos.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|4||10/04||New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|5||10/11||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|8||11/01||New York Jets||9||14.50|
|11||11/23||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|12||11/29||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|15||12/20||@New Orleans Saints||4||13.24|
|17||01/03||Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||34||148||1||12||123||0||32|