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Report: Damien Williams ‘has a chance to play on Sunday’

Chiefs running back Damien Williams is dealing with a rib injury, but might play in Week 14. We break down the fantasy football implications following the signing of Spencer Ware.

Damien Williams of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with Spencer Ware after rushing for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs are dealing with a banged up backfield, resulting in the need to sign Spencer Ware on Tuesday. Damien Williams was inactive in Week 13 due to a rib injury, and Darrel Williams injured his hamstring during the game. This left the team with LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson as their only running backs, with Thompson handling the starting role.

The Ware signing is effectively an emergency addition, per ESPN’s Adam Teicher. His understanding is that Damien Williams has a chance to play on Sunday, but the team needs to see how this week works out for him. If he progresses through the practice week and improves, they can always release Ware. If not, Ware knows Andy Reid’s offense and can easily slot into a backup role.

Fantasy football analysis: Chiefs running backs

If Damien does not play, Darwin Thompson is the fantasy football play between him, Ware, and McCoy. If Damien does play, he is likely the starter, but Thompson and McCoy would probably cut into this work, lowering his fantasy ceiling. Darrel Williams is not expected to play.