A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Ware suffered a PCL injury, but he will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine extent of the injury and how much time he will miss. The timetable could be as little as two weeks and as many as eight, per the source, who added that Ware's ACL is thought to be fine.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the game that Ware has a knee sprain, but Ware will have an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the damage. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Chiefs think Ware has injured his PCL ligament, but his ACL is thought to be fine.
The immediate update to his condition was a cryptic press box announcement that Ware had, in fact, hurt his right knee and would “not return.”
After the game, coach Andy Reid said that Ware had a sprained knee. X-rays were negative, he added, but a telltale MRI awaits on Saturday.
The kickoff was short. Thomas gathered it in at the 5-yard line and a hole opened up the middle. He juked Cyril Grayson Jr., around the 40, headed down the right sideline and into the end zone.
“I wanted to use my speed to get to the edge, and from there just finish it,” Thomas said.
Not only did the play give the Chiefs a boost, Thomas also needed something good to happen. On two previous kickoff returns, he muffed one, dropping it at the 1 and returning it to the 4, and made a poor decision to bring out another one. That return put the Chiefs at the 12.
One reason to be concerned: The Chiefs have some depth at running back with rookie Kareem Hunt and veterans Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller, but they have nobody quite like the 229-pound Ware, their biggest and most physical runner. Ware also has developed into a reliable pass-catcher.
Russell Wilson was the runaway star of the show, completing 13-of-19 passes for 200 yards and a short touchdown to Tre Madden in the 2nd quarter. He made a series of fantastic throws down the field, spreading the ball out to the likes of Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Graham, Jermaine Kearse, and Chris Carson, all of whom managed 25+ yard receptions.
I think it’s notable that rookie Kareem Hunt was the only other Chiefs running back to carry the ball in the first half, and I’ve been telling you guys for a month that he has a chance to be special in this offense. You should have already picked him up as a stash candidate in fantasy; if he’s somehow still available, jump on it — just be prepared to be annoyed by C.J. Spiller and Charcandrick West eating into the workload.