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Reid: ‘Good chance’ Darrel Williams does not play in Week 14

The Chiefs running back situation has a whole lot of questions. We break down the fantasy football implications of the latest news heading into Week 14.

Darrel Williams of the Kansas City Chiefs beats the tackle of Erik Harris of the Oakland Raiders for a first quarter touchdown reception at Arrowhead Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs backfield is kind of a mess right now. Damien Williams was inactive in Week 13 due to a rib injury, and they then lost Darrel Williams to a hamstring injury midway through their Week 13 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Head coach Andy Reid met with the media on Monday and told them there’s a good chance Williams does not play on Sunday when the Chiefs travel to face the Patriots, according to beat writer Sam McDowell. The team’s first practice participation report posts on Wednesday, at which point a DNP seems likely.

Darwin Thompson is the next man up in the backfield, but his role seems uncertain. If Darrel does not play, the backfield rotation will depend on Damien’s availability. If Damien can play, Thompson and LeSean McCoy would likely be competing for some kind of role behind him. If Damien cannot play, Thompson appeared to leapfrog McCoy on the depth chart and would start on Sunday.