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.
With Ware (knee) likely out for the season, the Chiefs will trot out rookie Kareem Hunt as the starting running back to begin the season, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. After Hunt, Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller are next up on the depth chart. The team's medical staff suspects that Ware needs season-ending surgery to repair the PCL and LCL in his right knee, but a final determination hasn't been reached. In the meantime, the Chiefs backfield must refocus around the remaining bodies, namely Hunt, who was nabbed by the team in the third round of this year's draft after they traded up. While Hunt is expected to receive most of the work, it remains to be seen who among Hunt, West and Spiller will replace Ware's short-yardage prowess, as he has at least 20 pounds on each player.
Ware (knee) likely will need season-ending surgery to repair a torn PCL and damaged LCL, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. Ware wouldn't be the first player to fight through a torn PCL after resting for a few weeks, but the serious damage to his LCL seemingly rules that out as a possibility. Seattle's Tyler Lockett played through a torn PCL last season, eventually finding his form in December after struggling for most of the year. While a final decision hasn't yet been made, the Chiefs are preparing for Ware to sit out the entire season. Kareem Hunt will head into Week 1 leading the backfield, with Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller rounding out the rotation.
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