Lost in the various other story lines from Sunday night’s Kansas City Chiefs' win against Denver -- they clinched a playoff berth and kept alive their AFC West title hopes, Travis Kelce's huge game and Dontari Poe's pass -- was that running back Spencer Ware was well on his way to one of his best games of the season before leaving early in the fourth quarter with sore ribs.
Ware was on the sideline late in the game working with the Chiefs’ training staff as he attempted to work his way back into the game. But the Chiefs went with backup Charcandrick West as their featured back the rest of the way.
HC Andy Reid said Ware probably could have went back in, which is a good sign for his availability for Week 17 and the the playoffs. The team is still battling for the AFC West title and needs a win in San Diego next week. West would obviously see a lot more work if Ware can't go, as could Knile Davis. It's worth tracking Ware's practices this week leading up to Week 17.
He's not a dependable start given his injury and his poor production for most of the season, but the matchup isn't bad. His return will unsettle the recent snap counts for Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley and Albert Wilson. Of the three, Wilson probably takes the biggest hit.
Davis, the running back who has gone from the Chiefs to the Packers to the Jets to the waiver wire in the last month, re-signed with the Chiefs today.
The Chiefs traded Davis to the Packers at a time when it looked like Kansas City had a glut of running backs. But since then Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware have suffered injuries, leaving the Chiefs with little depth at the position. The return of Davis should improve that depth.
Davis was only available because of the odd journey he’s been on since the Chiefs traded him last month which saw stops with the Packers and Jets. Davis very well could be able to step in and get some work this week but he'll likely remain behind West and eventually Ware when he returns.