Spencer Ware is trying to come back from last year's knee injury, which cost him the entire 2017 season, and he should be the No. 2 running back for the Chiefs behind Kareem Hunt if healthy. Ware was expected to be the starting running back or at least in a timeshare with Hunt last season before suffering a torn PCL and LCL in his right knee in training camp. He will face competition for the No. 2 job from Charcandrick West, Damien Williams and Kerwynn Williams, but Ware has the most upside of that group if healthy. In 2016, Ware was the primary running back for the Chiefs and finished as the No. 17 Fantasy running back in standard leagues. Hunt has that role now, but Ware could still have the chance for touches on a weekly basis. He also could be the preferred handcuff for Hunt. Keep an eye on Ware's health heading into training camp, but he should be worth a late-round pick in the majority of leagues.
Ware (knee) was limited to individual drills Tuesday, the Chiefs' official site reports. Ware reportedly participated in individual drills last week as well, which marks a step forward after he was unavailable altogether early in OTAs. If he can get his knee up to speed ahead of the regular season, Ware could be the favorite to spell Kareem Hunt on Sundays as the team looks to diversify Hunt's workload. However, the team also acquired a stable of backs -- Damien Williams (shoulder), Kerwynn Williams and Darrell Williams -- in free agency and the draft to supplement the returning members. Coach Andy Reid noted Ware should be "all good" for training camp, a positive sign for the prospects of him contributing Week 1.
Ware (knee) did not participate in Thursday's OTA session, Pete Sweeney of 610 Sports Radio reports. A healthy Ware would provide the Chiefs with another capable complementary option behind now-entrenched starter Kareem Hunt -- who coach Andy Reid would like to get more involved as a pass-catcher without increasing his workload. That said, Reid indicated in mid-April that he's unsure exactly when Ware will be ready to retake the field. The Chiefs bolstered the running back position this offseason with the signings of Damien Williams (shoulder), Kerwynn Williams and Darrel Williams, plus Charcandrick West is in the mix. Ultimately, Ware -- who headed into training camp last year as the team's No. 1 back -- is the favorite to emerge as Hunt's top backup, but he's no threat to supplant the NFL's reigning rushing champ.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid expects Ware (knee) to return from injury and help diversify Kareem Hunt's workload, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports. Reid seems to be hinting at a backfield where Hunt occasionally comes off the field on early downs rather than passing downs. Such a scenario would be bad news for Charcandrick West, who had 18 carries and 27 catches in 13 games last season. It makes sense that the Chiefs would prioritize Ware's involvement over West's, as the former was expected to serve as the lead back heading into training camp last year. Of course, Ware suffered a torn PCL and LCL during the preseason, opening the door for Hunt to win the NFL rushing title as a rookie. Ware figures to be ready for training camp, if not the offseason program. This time around he'll be competing for backup work, with Hunt entrenched as the centerpiece of Kansas City's offense. West may be the odd man out.
The Chiefs placed Ware (knee) on injured reserve Saturday. BJ Kissel of the team's official site reports. With season-ending surgery expected on PCL and LCL tears in his right knee, Ware will yield the backfield to rookie Kareem Hunt in Week 1 and beyond. Additionally, C.J. Spiller's release Saturday leaves just one other true running back (Charcandrick West) on the roster, so Hunt appears in line to head a rushing attack that's much more balanced than most in the pass-happy NFL.
Multiple tests have confirmed that Ware (knee) will need season-ending surgery to repair a torn PCL and LCL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. While he at least seems to have avoided ACL damage, Ware is still facing a lengthy rehabilitation process that likely will stretch into the offseason. He should be ready for training camp next year, heading into the second season of the two-year extension he signed in March 2016. Ware's absence leaves Kareem Hunt atop the depth chart, with Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller expected to handle supporting roles.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|3||09/23||San Francisco 49ers||19||17.75|
|6||10/15||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
|11||11/20||@Los Angeles Rams||27||19.00|
|15||12/14||Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|3 Year Avg||95||441||3||13||151||1||81|