The Kansas City Chiefs decided to hand the ball carrying duties to Spencer Ware after they released Jamaal Charles in the offseason. It was Ware’s job to lose with rookie running back Kareem Hunt was lurking in the shadows. But Hunt will need to come out of the darkness and shine as it appears that Ware’s season will end following a preseason injury.
Ware suffered a knee injury in the Chiefs’ preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday.
Following comes from BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com
Spencer Ware has a torn PCL in addition to other damage. He'll get a second opinion, but it's thought to be season ending, per @proatc.
— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) August 27, 2017
Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com also reported the same.
Burkholder on Ware: He has a torn PCL. You can play with that but also has damage to LCL & staff thinks he prob needs season-ending surgery
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) August 27, 2017
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 27, 2017
According to Kissel, Kareem Hunt will be the starting running back going forward. Charcandrick West is expected to be the backup for Hunt as veteran back C.J. Spiller could also receive plenty of touches.
Kareem Hunt spent four seasons at Kent State where he racked up 44 career touchdowns and 4,495 career rushing yards before the Chiefs drafted him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In two preseason games this year, Hunt has recorded 79 rushing yards on 17 rushing attempts.
Ware had a solid 2016 campaign, rushing for a team-high 921 yards and three touchdowns while hauling in 33 receptions for 447 yards and two more scores as he took over for Jamaal Charles in the Kansas City backfield.