Spencer Ware injury update: Chiefs running back looks good in drills
By Matt Conner
Spencer Ware is sending signals (and evidence) that he’s looking good in his recovery and return from a torn MCL and PCL for the Chiefs.
The Kansas City Chiefs were very fortunate to have Kareem Hunt waiting in the wings.
When Spencer Ware went down with a season-ending injury last August, the loss should have sidelined a significant aspect of Andy Reid’s offense. After all, Ware had showed strong numbers in his first full year as a featured back, and given his youth and limited overall wear from college and the pros, Ware looked like a certain star as a two-way threat at the position.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, Hunt was drafted in the third round in 2017 and proceeded to not only produce in Ware’s absence but to win the league’s rushing crown with 1,327 rushing yards on the season. Several months after Ware first went down, it’s somehow easy to overlook the fact that he will be returning.
Ware is doing his part, however, to remind Chiefs Kingdom that he’s not only still on the roster but that he’s capable of great things. On the road to recovery, Ware recently tweeted out a reminder of the sort of cuts he’s capable of, showing nice progress in a personal workout.
The Chiefs already have a very crowded backfield with three imports all named Williams: former Cardinals RB/returner Kerwynn Williams, former Dolphins RB Damien Williams and undrafted free agent Darrel Williams out of LSU. Bringing back Ware into the mix with Charcandrick West only makes the competition behind Hunt that much greater. Ware must not only fight to get back his natural abilities but he must also look better than the healthy competition around him.
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Ware was looking like a dominant back for the first third of the season in 2016 until nagging injuries took over (and maybe a bit of fatigue at being the featured back for the first time in his career). If he can get back into game shape once again, Ware should be the odds-on favorite to team with Hunt in the backfield and provide a 1-2 punch rarely seen in the NFL.