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Spencer Ware | Running Back | #32

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/23/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 229
College: LSU
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (194) / SEA
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Spencer Ware has been diagnosed with a torn PCL and LCL in his right knee and is out for the season.
He'll undergo surgery and faces a long, grueling rehab. This is more significant than ACL and MCL damage, so Ware could be facing long odds of being ready in time for Week 1 of next season. Turning 26 in November, Ware is under contract for a modest $1.45 million in 2018, the final year of his deal. Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West, and C.J. Spiller will make up the Chiefs' backfield. Aug 30 - 1:36 PM

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Spencer Ware has been diagnosed with a torn PCL and will likely need season-ending surgery.

Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder announced the diagnosis on Sunday. Ware is also dealing with damage to his LCL. He'll get a second opinion, but in all likelihood, Ware will go under the knife. Third-round rookie Kareem Hunt will now proceed as the team's unquestioned workhorse and could finish the year in the RB1 conversation if all goes right.
Aug 27 - 11:40 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Spencer Ware suffered damage to both his LCL and PCL in Friday night's preseason game.

Per RapSheet, initial tests were "inconclusive" as to the extent of Ware's injury, however, and all the Chiefs know is that he "will miss time." Previous reports suggested Ware could miss up to two months. Ware should be scratched off fantasy draft cheatsheets. Kareem Hunt is headed for feature back work.
Aug 26 - 8:10 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Spencer Ware (knee) has a 2-8 week timetable.

Ware avoided ACL damage, but he is still looking at a multi-week absence. His status for the season opener is in doubt. Ware was already facing competition for carries before going down and isn't a lock to start when he returns. Coach Andy Reid confirmed Kareem Hunt will be Kansas City's new featured back.
Source: ESPN
Aug 26 - 3:35 PM

The Chiefs are calling Spencer Ware's right knee injury a "sprain."

A source told NFL Network Ware's ACL is "believed to be intact," and Ware's season is "not expected to end." ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Ware's PCL may have been affected. Either way, Ware is likely facing at least a multi-week absence, and we'd consider him extremely doubtful for Week 1, opening the door for impressive rookie Kareem Hunt to Pipp Ware on the depth chart.
Aug 25 - 11:54 PM

Spencer Ware was carted off the field with a right knee injury in the Chiefs' third preseason game.

The Chiefs immediately ruled him out for the rest of the game, and Ware's injury looked severe enough that we are marking him "out indefinitely." Ware went down after a short reception as his knee buckled while approaching a Seahawks defender. He gripped the knee tightly and could put no weight on the leg as he made his way to the cart. Kareem Hunt is next up for carries in Kansas City, with Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller behind him.
Aug 25 - 8:21 PM

Spencer Ware started Saturday's preseason game, but played only one snap.

Ware took the game's opening handoff for three yards and then gave way to Kareem Hunt. It was not injury related, as the Chiefs' announcers explained coach Andy Reid wanted to see what Hunt could do with the first-team offense. Hunt lit it up, turning 11 touches into 63 yards and a few big plays. It's confirmation Hunt is a legitimate contender for the Chiefs' starting job. Nothing is settled, but Ware is an extremely shaky RB2 pick.
Aug 19 - 9:23 PM

Spencer Ware rushed four times for six yards and a touchdown while adding three catches for 20 yards in the Chiefs' preseason opener.

Ware got the start and looked to be clearly ahead of rookie Kareem Hunt in the pecking order, and he put in a solid performance to boot. He made a nice move to make a defender miss in the open field and grab a first down on the opening drive, and he punched it in from two yards out on the very next play. Ware is still a risky bet in the fourth round with Hunt waiting in the wings, but he looks like the clear lead back right now.
Aug 11 - 10:32 PM

The Kansas City Star expects Spencer Ware to return as the Chiefs' starting running back.

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher previously projected rookie Kareem Hunt as the team's likely leader in 2017 rushing attempts and running back catches. Ware has averaged 4.63 yards per carry and 11.6 yards per reception over the past two seasons, however, and the Chiefs shouldn't be in any hurry to pull Ware off the field. This will be a camp battle to monitor closely.
May 24 - 8:27 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher believes Spencer Ware is still the "likely starter."

Writing about third-rounder Kareem Hunt, Teicher said Ware could end up getting "the majority of work as the featured back." It is a surprising opinion considering Hunt's draft cost and Ware's struggles down the stretch last season, but it is possible Hunt is a bigger threat to Charcandrick West's role than Ware's. Coach Andy Reid did say he is "a big Spencer Ware fan" before the draft.
Source: ESPN
May 9 - 9:17 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he is "a big Spencer Ware fan."

"The kid’s dirty tough. He’s going to give you an honest down every snap," Reid said. "He can block, he can catch, and he can run. So, there’s a place for Spencer." Ware struggled down the stretch last season, but, as Reid said, it "was really his first year" as a lead back, and he still finished with 921 yards on 214 carries (4.3 YPC). The Chiefs might look to the draft for backfield help after releasing Jamaal Charles, but Ware has a good chance to open the season as the lead back.
Apr 15 - 12:46 PM

Spencer Ware rushed eight times for 35 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

He "added" two catches for one yard and lost a fumble on one of those just before halftime. It didn't end up mattering much. His touchdown run came from one yard out deep in the fourth quarter to pull the score to 18-16, but the Chiefs ultimately failed on the two-point conversion after a penalty. Ware really struggled much of the second half of the season after a Week 8 concussion. Fatigue was probably the biggest reason, as this was his first full season as the No. 1 back. The Chiefs will probably look for someone to compete with Ware next season, if they end up releasing Jamaal Charles, though Charles could later be brought back on a more team-friendly deal.
Jan 16 - 12:01 AM

Spencer Ware (ribs) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Ware sat out Week 17 as a maintenance maneuver with one eye on the Divisional Round. Ware faded in the second half this season, and the Steelers have stiffened against the run. Nevertheless, Ware will be as defensible as anyone else in a four-game DFS slate.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Ware should remain the feature back against a PIT run defense that was very strong in the second half of the year. Out of the six running backs who had at least 12 carries against them over the past eight games, only one averaged more than 2.7 yards per carry (Isaiah Crowell). The rest of the list, which includes LeSean McCoy (12 carries for 27 yards) and Jay Ajayi (16 carries for 33 yards), were all held to 57 total rushing yards or less. Of course, there isn't a ton of depth at the position in fantasy, but it's a really tough spot to target. Even though Ware is a safe bet for 15-20 touches, it may be worth paying up this week.
Jan 12 - 5:14 PM

Spencer Ware (ribs) is practicing on Wednesday.

The Chiefs held Ware out of the Week 17 finale as a precaution, but he's good to go now after the first-round bye. Ware should reclaim early-down work, with Charcandrick West and Tyreek Hill mixing into the backfield.
Jan 11 - 1:08 PM

Chiefs declared Spencer Ware (ribs) inactive for Week 17 against the Chargers.

Ware looked likely to play late in the week, but the Chiefs are playing it safe. Charcandrick West will get the start and the lion's share of the work. He is a solid replacement option. Ware should be ready for the playoffs even if the Chiefs have to play next week. Kansas City also declared OLB Justin Houston (knee), QB Tyler Bray, OL Mike Person, TE Ross Travis, LB Justin March-Lillard, and CB D.J. White inactive for Week 17.
Jan 1 - 2:54 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Patrick Mahomes
3Tyler Bray
RB1Kareem Hunt
2Charcandrick West
3Akeem Hunt
GLB1Kareem Hunt
2Charcandrick West
3RB1Kareem Hunt
2Charcandrick West
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Tyreek Hill
2Demarcus Robinson
3De'Anthony Thomas
WR21Albert Wilson
2Jehu Chesson
3Marcus Kemp
WR31Demarcus Robinson
TE1Travis Kelce
2Demetrius Harris
3Orson Charles
LT1Eric Fisher
2Cameron Erving
LG1Zach Fulton
2Bryan Witzmann
C1Mitch Morse
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
2Parker Ehinger
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
K1Harrison Butker