Player News - Chiefs

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Chiefs CB Phillip Gaines was added to the injury report Friday with a knee issue.

The limited designation suggests he suffered the injury in practice. He was given a questionable tag on the final report. Gaines tore his ACL last September, but there is no word if this injury is to the same knee. The Chiefs are very thin at corner behind Gaines, Marcus Peters, and Steven Nelson.
Sep 23 - 8:13 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) is doubtful for Week 3 against the Jets.

Coach Andy Reid gave Charles owners some false hope Friday by hinting at a return in Week 3, but his doubtful listing confirms that won't be the case. Spencer Ware is looking at another week atop the Chiefs' running back depth chart. Charles has worked with the first-team offense at practice the past few days after being relegated to scout team duty the previous two weeks. He's getting close.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: The backfield will very likely be left to Ware and West yet again, although this is the toughest draw they've faced so far. The Jets haven't allowed much to opposing backs this year, holding them to a shade under 4.0 YPC on 29 totes, and they've struggled to get pressure on opposing QBs. They managed to hit Tyrod Taylor just once (no sacks) last week, setting up Alex Smith and Jeremy Maclin as sneaky GPP plays.
Sep 23 - 3:45 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid left the door open Friday for Jamaal Charles (knee) to play in Week 3 against the Jets.

"I think he feels like he can do it," said Reid. Reid also revealed that Charles began practicing with the first-team offense after working only with the scout team in the first two weeks of the season. Charles' role would undoubtedly be limited were he able to play against the Jets, but his progress is a very good sign. Spencer Ware should remain the Chiefs' lead back in Week 3. Charcandrick West would be more likely to lose snaps to Charles.
Sep 23 - 2:24 PM

Kansas City LB Tamba Hali played just 43 percent of the team's defensive snaps in Week 2.

This number was down from 58 percent in Week 1 as the Chiefs attempt to monitor Hali's workload after an offseason knee scope. "I think he’s back — I think it’s just a matter of monitoring the number of reps," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. Kansas City will need more from Hali in coming weeks with the Chiefs struggling in run defense through two weeks. The Chiefs D/ST is a middling fantasy option in Week 3 against the NY Jets.
Sep 22 - 4:00 PM

Alex Smith said the chemistry was off with his wide receivers in the Week 2 loss to the Texans.

"There were a lot of plays that would have changed the day," Smith said. "We’ve got to get it figured out and get back to our old selves and connect. Certainly, there were a lot of plays out there that I think we make routinely that didn’t get made." Coach Andy Reid agreed the receivers were not "on the same page," but Smith's inaccuracy played a much bigger role in the struggles than chemistry. If he plays better, the chemistry should magically improve.
Sep 22 - 8:26 AM

Chiefs SS Eric Berry (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.

Berry exited Week 2 with some swelling in his knee. The missed practice isn't a major concern. Berry should be fine for Sunday's game against Jets.
Sep 21 - 5:55 PM

When asked about Jamaal Charles' (knee) status for Week 3, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said "another week is going to help him."

Reid said Charles could play "today or tomorrow," but it looks like the Chiefs will err on the side of caution by keeping him out one more week. Charles practiced with the scout team on Wednesday, just as he did last week. With Charles a long shot for Sunday, Spencer Ware should see another heavy workload against the Jets in Week 3.
Sep 21 - 4:20 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) is again working with the scout team at Wednesday's practice.

Coach Andy Reid said Charles is getting better every day, and he'll get a couple first-team reps at Wednesday's practice. But he's still not ready. Odds are it will be Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West against the Jets.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 21 - 1:06 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday that Jamaal Charles (knee) "told him directly last week that he wasn't quite ready to play."

Charles clearly wasn't confident enough in his surgically repaired knee to give it a go against the Texans, and Reid remained noncommittal when asked if Charles will be ready to face the Jets. Once Charles is active for games, the Chiefs figure to ease him in slowly in a rotation alongside Spencer Ware.
Sep 19 - 3:51 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was noncommittal about Jamaal Charles' (knee) status for Week 3.

Reid acknowledged that Charles "looked better" at practice last week but wouldn't commit to a return date. Spencer Ware came back to Earth a bit in Week 2 and ESPN's Adam Schefter has already reported that KC's plan is to have Charles back for Sunday's game against the Jets. If Charles plays, he'll likely be in a committee with Ware.
Sep 19 - 1:17 PM

Travis Kelce caught 5-of-7 targets for 34 yards Week 2 against the Texans.

With Alex Smith struggling, Kelce struggled to get anything going downfield. He could have saved his fantasy day with a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but he could not come down with a one-handed grab. Kelce's consistency keeps him in the TE1 conversation, but he rarely blows up for big games. That should remain the case next week against the Jets.
Sep 18 - 7:33 PM

Chris Conley hauled in 2-of-4 targets for 15 yards Week 2 against the Texans.

Conley operated as the No. 2 receiver for the Chiefs, but as will be the case most weeks, that did not result in much fantasy goodness. He is nothing but a bench stash in deeper formats.
Sep 18 - 7:31 PM

Jeremy Maclin hauled in just 6-of-15 targets for 68 yards Week 2 against the Texans.

Maclin did have a bad drop early, but most of his struggles can be laid at the feet of Alex Smith. Smith was erratic with his accuracy most of the day, and as a result, Maclin was not able to haul in any of his first five targets. He did save his fantasy day with three catches on the final drive, but it was a poor showing overall. He should have more luck against the Jets next week.
Sep 18 - 7:28 PM

Charcandrick West rushed six times for 61 yards and caught one pass for two yards Week 2 against the Texans.

West played 10 fewer snaps than Spencer Ware, but he outgained him on the ground on the back of two long runs. Ware was still more involved in the passing game, and he is likely to be much more involved overall once Jamaal Charles returns next week. West does not need to be owned in standard-sized leagues.
Sep 18 - 7:21 PM

Spencer Ware rushed 10 times for 57 yards and added 48 yards on two catches Week 2 against the Texans.

Ware had more competition for touches from Charcandrick West this week, but he still managed to top 100 total yards and ended up playing a bigger role in the passing game. Ware did lose a fumble, but he made something out of nothing all game. With Jamaal Charles expected back next week, Ware's days as an RB1 are over, but he should retain FLEX value against the Jets.
Sep 18 - 7:14 PM


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