Spencer Ware injury update: Chiefs RB has sprained knee

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to have Spencer Ware for at least some of the 2017 season after he went down with a knee injury on Friday.

The Kansas City Chiefs lost their top running back on Friday when Spencer Ware went down early holding his right knee after trying to stretch a screen pass for a few extra yards. Ware was carted off at CenturyLink Field during the first quarter of the Chiefs third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, and many fans feared the worst.

However, early reports from the Chiefs indicate that Ware’s knee was not damaged to the point where he will miss the entire season, at least according to early rumors. Instead, it’s being called a knee sprain for now with potential further damage—to what extent is not yet fully known.


Ware had 3 carries for 15 yards and 2 catches for 9 yards before he went down on Friday. Ware is a nice, underrated two-way threat who started the 2016 off with a bang, with 199 total yards from scrimmage in Week 1 during the Chiefs’ biggest comeback in franchise history over the San Diego Chargers. From there, Ware looked great through the team’s sixth game, when injuries and maybe some fatigue began to set in—given it was his first year as any team’s featured back.

Depending on how long Ware is out, the Chiefs might be inclined to make some moves, but they have the promising Kareem Hunt behind him, a third round rookie out of Toledo, as well as a reclamation project in C.J. Spiller and Ware’s former tandem mate in Charcandrick West. Two seasons ago, the pairing of Ware and West looked solid in unexpected relief of Jamaal Charles.