Chiefs RB Spencer Ware has been diagnosed with a torn PCL and LCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He'll undergo surgery and is done for the season. Multi-ligament injuries are extremely tough and lengthy rehabs. We'll track Ware's progress, but don't consider him a lock to be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign. Kareem Hunt is entrenched as Kansas City's lead back.
Chiefs Head Athletic Trainer Rick Burkholder announced that RB Spencer Ware has a torn PCL, “in addition to other damage.” He’s going for a 2nd opinion, but the injury is likely a season-ender. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport does add that Ware is hoping to land on the IR-designated-to-return list, which would allow him to come back anytime after Week 8. That sounds optimistic, though. We’ve removed Ware from the RB rankings. Kareem Hunt is obviously the big winner here. The rookie will step into the feature role in HC Andy Reid’s offense. We detailed earlier this offseason how productive that spot has been for fantasy football. RB Charcandrick West moves up to #2 on the depth chart. And RB C.J. Spiller now stands a good chance to make the squad. Check out our updated projections for the Chiefs backfield.
Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Saturday that he expects RB Spencer Ware (knee) to play again this season. "It's not one of those things that's just clear cut, end of the season," Reid said. "That's not what it is right now. We've got to go through the whole process here in this case." This coincides with the previous report that Ware's ACL is intact. We're still waiting for an official diagnosis and timeline, though. Ware can't be drafted as more than a late-round bench stash at this point. Meanwhile, Reid called rookie Kareem Hunt the "regular featured back" for however long Ware is out. He's worth drafting in RB2 range now.
Chiefs HC Andy Reid said after Friday night's preseason game that RB Spencer Ware is dealing with a "sprained knee." His ACL is believe to be intact, but he'll undergo further testing to check for damage to the meniscus, PCL or MCL. It sounds like Ware escaped without a season-ending injury, but he's probably still looking at a multi-week absence. We'll continue to update his status as we learn more. If you're drafting in the meantime, Ware is no more than a later-round bench stash. RB Kareem Hunt, meanwhile, got a big boost up the RB rankings.
Chiefs RB Spencer Ware suffered a right knee injury in the 1st quarter of Friday night's game against the Chiefs. He left the field on a cart and the team quickly ruled him out for the game. That obviously doesn't bode well. Any missed time would deliver a huge boost to RB Kareem Hunt's fantasy outlook. Hunt was already sharing 1st-team work with Ware in the 3rd preseason contest. We'll keep an eye out for further updates.
Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt got a bunch of run with the 1st-team offense in Saturday's 2nd preseason game. RB Spencer Ware got the opening snap but then gave way to Hunt. The rookie proceeded to rip off 40 yards on 8 carries, plus another 23 on 3 catches. HC Andy Reid said afterward than Hunt "tweaked" his ankle but is "fine." We'll be curious to see how the 1st-team snaps are split between Hunt and Ware in the 3rd exhibition. It certainly looks like the rookie is pushing for a significant early-season role.
Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt played just 1 of 19 first-team snaps in Friday night's preseason opener against the 49ers, according to Pro Football Focus. RB Spencer Ware got the other 18, rushing 4 times for 6 yards and a TD, and catching 3 passes for 20 more yards. Hunt touched the ball just twice, rushing once for no gain and catching a 9-yard pass from QB Patrick Mahomes on a 3rd-and-long play. It's early, but continued usage patterns like this could make Ware a stronger value at his Round 6 ADP.
The Chiefs added Toledo RB Kareem Hunt in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Hunt disappointed at the Combine, posting a 28th percentile SPARQ score. But the tape is much more impressive. He flashes a nice combination of power and make-you-miss ability, which helped him force the 2nd most missed tackles in the nation last year, per Pro Football Focus. Hunt also looks comfy in the passing game. He tallied a 41-403-1 receiving line this past year after totaling just 32 grabs across his first 3 seasons. Hunt dealt with an ankle injury in 2014 and a hamstring issue in 2015, so durability is a concern. But he handled 262 carries last year and is a solid 5’10, 216 pounds. Hunt is capable of immediately pushing Spencer Ware for touches and, longer term, has a shot to emerge as a 3-down back.
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