For the last four weeks, the Chiefs have been without one of their two starting boundary cornerbacks with the absence of Charvarius Ward to a quad injury. Ward can typically be counted on to play 100 percent of the defensive snaps in a game, but in his absence, the Chiefs have tried a variety of combinations to make up for his loss to varying degrees of effectiveness.
The good news is that the Chiefs found a very effective replacement for Ward in Rashad Fenton, who has looked good and even great at times, including last week against Washington’s Terry McLaurin. Fenton deserves more reps than he’s received to date, even with Ward back in the lineup, but that’s a good problem for the Chiefs to have to sort out.
For now, Ward remains limited in practice and if he misses a fifth week, it’s going to become quite frustrating for the Chiefs, who could have placed him on injured reserve a month ago in order to utilize his roster spot. That said, on Friday, Andy Reid did say that he expects Ward to play at present.
For Ward, this is a contract season, so it’s important for his pocketbook that he’s able to return in short order and put together a solid season in what could be his final season with the Chiefs.