Chiefs coach Andy Reid wants West's teammate Kareem Hunt to take on a larger role in the passing game, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports. With Spencer Ware (knee) expected back in the fold after missing the entire 2017 season, West appears to be the odd man out in the Kansas City backfield. Hunt proved more than capable of handling passing downs, an area that was West's domain for much of 2017, when he caught 27 passes and only took 18 carries. His salary is small enough that the Chiefs could justify retaining all three backs, but it also wouldn't come as a major surprise if West were to be released at some point this offseason. Reid seems to be hinting at Hunt taking on passing downs while ceding a portion of the early downs to Ware.
West caught two passes for one yard during Saturday's wild-card loss to the Titans. He finished the 2017 regular season with 27 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns and 18 carries for 72 yards and two scores. West was expected to take the lead role for the Chiefs during Week 17 against the Broncos with Kareem Hunt resting, but an illness forced West to miss the contest. He provided minimal impact during the team's lone postseason game, but once again served in his role as a supplemental pass catcher behind Hunt. West remains under contract through 2018, though it remains to be seen how frequently he'll be utilized next season with Spencer Ware (knee) likely returning to the fold.
West (illness) was downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Broncos, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports. West missed practice Thursday and Friday with the undisclosed illness and was originally listed as questionable. The Chiefs were expected to rest rookie workhorse Kareem Hunt with the team locked in to the AFC's No. 4 playoff seed, but now the only other available running back on the roster is Akeem Hunt. The latter Hunt appears primed for a heavy workload against the Broncos on Sunday, but the Chiefs could also look to make a last minute roster addition to add some depth to the position.
West (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos after missing practice Thursday and Friday. Akeem Hunt (shoulder) is also listed as questionable, though we expect both backs to suit up this weekend. With the Chiefs entrenched as the AFC's No. 4 playoff seed, starting running back Kareem Hunt is a candidate to be rested in Week 17, per ESPN's Adam Teicher. As a result, West and Akeem Hunt appear on track to see expanded roles this weekend. Of the two, West (assuming he plays) profiles as the safer fantasy streaming option in Week 17.
West was a non-participant at the Chiefs' practice Thursday due to an undisclosed illness, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. West remains the Chiefs' No. 2 running back behind workhorse Kareem Hunt heading into Week 17, but the team already being locked into the No. 4 playoff spot could lead to a more varied usage of running backs this week. Kansas City has already opted to rest starting quarterback Alex Smith in favor of rookie Patrick Mahomes and it would similarly make sense for them to limit Hunt's workload in a game that won't affect the standings, although no official announcement has yet been made. West's participation at Friday's practice should provide a better indication of his potential availability for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
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