Chiefs Lose Veteran Running Back for the Season and Playoffs

Spencer Ware

Getty Images Chiefs RB Spencer Ware played in three games since signing with Kansas City on December 4.

The Kansas City Chiefs will be without a key member of their backfield heading into the playoffs. On Wednesday afternoon, the team placed running back Spencer Ware on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff, effectively ending his 2019 season. In a corresponding move, the Chiefs activated DT Xavier Williams from injured reserve and on to the active roster.

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The 28-year-old running back was signed by the Chiefs on December 4 after being cut by the Indianapolis Colt in September. In three games (one start) this month, Ware rushed 17 times for 51 yards while adding five catches for an additional 22 yards. Ware previously spent time with the Chiefs from 2015-18. His best season came in 2016 when he started a career-high 14 games. The 5’10,” 224-pound back rushed for 921 yards and three touchdowns on 214 carries while adding another 447 yards and a pair of scores through the air. Ware went on to miss the entire 2017 season after being placed on injured reserve with a torn PCL and additional knee damage.

Chiefs Release First Injury Report of Week 17

On Wednesday, the Chiefs released their first injury report of Week 17 following the team’s first official practice. Cornerback Morris Claiborne (limited) and offensive guard Andrew Wylie (limited) were the only two players who did not get in a full practice.

However, that is encouraging news considering both Claiborne and Wylie were ruled out for last week’s road game versus the Chicago Bears. Wylie, in particular, missed the entire week of practice with an illness, ankle and shoulder ailments while Claiborne was only able to get in limited work throughout the practice week.

Seven players in total were listed on the Week 17 injury report including new additions CB Bashaud Breeland (shoulder), K Harrison Butker (glute), C Austin Reiter (wrist), and recently activated DT Xavier Williams (ankle). All were listed as full participants on Wednesday.

2020 Home and Away Opponents Confirmed

The full NFL schedule will not be available until this coming April, however, all of the Chiefs’ home and away opponents have been confirmed for the 2020 regular season.

Aside from their annual divisional matchups with the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders, Kansas City will play host to the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, New York Jets, and New England Patriots.

The Chiefs’ can look forward to a pair of divisional road matchups in brand new stadiums next year – the Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and the Chargers’ SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The remainder of the team’s 2020 road trips include games against the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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