Kareem Hunt Injury Updates

Browns RB Duke Johnson missed Saturday's practice with a right hamstring injury. "We don't know the specifics," HC Freddie Kitchens told the Akron Beacon Journal. "We are going to see how it progresses. Duke is a quick healer, but we want to be cautious. We have to make sure the guy is healthy and that it is not something that lingers." RB Kareem Hunt has also sat out camp practices to this point with a groin injury.

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 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.

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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