The Chiefs will have RB Spencer Ware this weekend. It appears that he’s back from the concussion protocol. As long as there are not any unforeseen setbacks, he should be ready to go. According to Mark E. Ortega:
“Running back Spencer Ware will practice for the Chiefs after coach Andy Reid said Ware passed the concussion protocol. He missed last Sunday’s game with a concussion. Wideout Jeremy Maclin (hip), defensive end Jaye Howard (hip) and linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) won’t practice.”
His return is huge for the Chiefs, as Ware has taken over as the leader back. Jamaal Charles, of course, is back on IR after just a few games in a very limited role. He could potentially return at the tail end of the season, but the ship is Ware’s to sail for now, and the Chiefs must have him healthy.
So far, Ware has 511 rushing yards – a career high for him – and two touchdowns. As the Chiefs go into a matchup with the Carolina Panthers, they’ll need him to be at his best. The Panthers are certainly having a massive down year, but they’re still quite stout against the ground game. As Joel Thorman noted:
“The Panthers are 23rd in points allowed per game at nearly 26 points per game. However, they are one of the top run defenses at No. 3 overall against the run and No. 1 in yards per carry. The Panthers defensive line of Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short and others is clearly doing a good job.”