The Chiefs signed running back Spencer Ware from the practice squad to replace Jamaal Charles, the team announced Tuesday.
Ware, 23, is a big back, at 5 feet 10 and 228 pounds, and he impressed during the preseason, rushing 18 times for 66 yards and catching seven passes for 64 yards while playing running back and fullback.
Charles suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a 18-17 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, which means he will be out for the season.
“Yeah, he’s worked very hard getting himself in that position,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said at a news conference Monday, referring to Ware. “We thought he had a good preseason and training camp. He had the opportunity to play both spots, which makes him valuable. Obviously, that’s why we kept him. He’s got good hands and is a good blocker.”
The Chiefs’ decision to sign Ware to the active roster is interesting, given the fact the team brought in a handful of veteran backs, including former Kansas State star Bryce Brown, Ben Tate and Pierre Thomas, for workouts on Tuesday, sources confirmed to The Star.
But the Chiefs, who fell to 1-4 this season with their recent loss, didn’t stop shaking things up there, as they released three practice-squad players — cornerback Jeremy Harris, center Daniel Munyer and linebacker Tyrell Adams — and filled the four open spots with running back Darrin Reaves, offensive lineman Michael Liedtke, cornerback Saalim Hakim and linebacker Jayson DiManche.
Reaves, 22, is listed at 5 feet 10 and 215 pounds. He led the Chiefs in carries during the preseason with 30 and rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown. He also caught nine passes for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Liedtke, 23, was a three-year starter at Illinois State, where he was a teammate of current Chiefs tight end James O’Shaughnessy. Liedtke was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Dolphins in May and was eventually released from the practice squad.
Hakim, 25, is listed at 5 feet 11 and 188 pounds. He is the brother of former Rams star Az Hakim, and has spent time with the Jets, Lions and Saints as a receiver, cornerback and special teamer. He is expected to play cornerback.
DiManche, 25, is listed at 6 feet 1 and 244 pounds. He recorded 28 total tackles in 28 games for the Bengals in 2013 and 2014. He was waived by the Bengals in September with an injury settlement.