UPDATE 5:08 p.m. Arrowhead Time: Kansas City Star reporter Herbie Teope says that Spencer Ware has signed with the Chiefs.
#Chiefs signed RB Spencer Ware, according to a source.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) December 3, 2019
The corresponding move as noted on today's NFL Transactions report is the waiving of WR Gehrig Dieter.
I can confirm the Chiefs brought RB Spencer Ware in for a physical today.— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) December 3, 2019
Our in-house sports medicine expert Aaron Borgmann hit the nail on the head with his immediate reaction.
Aaron might be exactly right.
After Sunday’s 40-9 victory over the Oakland Raiders, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that the injury running back Darrel Williams had sustained “looked like he had a hamstring, and that didn’t look very good,” which Reid said meant he might not play against the New England Patriots this weekend.
Even if Williams’ injury is nothing but a pulled hamstring, it might take a couple of weeks for him to be ready to play. But if it’s turned out to be something worse, it’s likely to be longer than that.
Since nominal starting running back Damien Williams — who suffered an injury to his ribs against the Los Angeles Chargers two weeks ago — might also be unavailable to play against the Patriots, that would typically become an additional opportunity for rookie running back Darwin Thompson — who was able to get 11 carries in Sunday’s game.
But even if the Chiefs are thinking that Thompson would be a viable to be paired with LeSean McCoy, the fact that two running backs could potentially be absent from the lineup against the Patriots could easily lead the team to consider other options.
If Ware is healthy, his familiarity with the Chiefs’ system would be a big plus. He is currently a free agent after being cut from the Indianapolis Colts at the beginning of the season.
Ware spent three seasons with the Chiefs, starting most recently in last season’s Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens, in which he suffered a hamstring injury; Damien Williams played out the rest of the season as the starting running back. Ware averaged 4.7 yards per attempt during his time with the Chiefs.