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The fall of Knile Davis continues in a big way on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Davis will be among the Kansas City Chiefs inactives and will not play vs. the Broncos.
A shakeup in the #KCChiefs backfield: They'll make RB Knile Davis inactive. Spencer Ware becomes backup to Charcandrick West. Surprising.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 15, 2015
The Chiefs inactives will come out around 2:00 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) at which point this will be confirmed. It is surprising because Davis, a former third round pick, is not injured as far as I know. This will make him a healthy scratch. The Chiefs can talk about this being more about wanting to give Spencer Ware an opportunity but if Knile's lack of touches didn't say enough about his future with the team then this move does.
After Jamaal Charles got injured, it became clear who the coaching staff favored when Charcandrick West began to receive the bulk of the carries, including 20-plus carries in the past two games.
The Chiefs talked about West's pass blocking recently and that has always been a weakness of Davis. There has to be more to the story though because Davis has been mostly a non-factor almost all season long. Even when he has gotten a few carries, he hasn't done anything with it. He had six carries for 16 yards (2.67) against the Texans in Week 1, five carries for 13 yards (2.6) against the Vikings in Week 6 and four carries for nine yards (2.25) against the Lions in Week 8. Davis had 70 carries in his rookie season and 134 last season. He has 21 at the halfway point this year.
Also of note is that Davis has been the primary kick returner so the Chiefs will need to replace him there.
Spencer Ware was with the team in the preseason as a running back / fullback and he gets his shot now. He is a tough dude at 5'10 and 228 pounds who has shown some burst. Check out his numbers here.