Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware will form a committee at running back when the Chiefs visit Oakland on Sunday.
“It goes without saying, it’s still a running back by committee,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said Thursday. “I think you have to use them both. Here’s two young running backs that are playing a lot, and we’re getting to that time of the season where bodies are really getting sore and banged up.”
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Ware got the start in last week’s 30-22 victory over the Buffalo Bills after West was injured the previous week at San Diego.
The production remained high. Ware rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start. West had rushed for 276 yards in the three games before his hamstring injury against the Chargers.
Now, both are healthy and expected to share the load with different styles.
“You see Charcandrick as more of that slasher, quick-cut guy, and here comes No. 32 (Ware), a big physical fullback/halfback type guy that hit you downhill, so it’s a little bit of a change of pace for a defense,” Pederson said. “And it’s great to give both of those guys an equal opportunity.”