Spencer Ware

Chicago Bears
Running Back #32
Chicago Bears
Running Back #32

Spencer Ware News

Finds spot with Chicago

Ware signed with Chicago's practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Coach Matt Nagy declared Monday that Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) is day-to-day, but this signing signals that there may be more concern about the backup running back's status than before. Nevertheless, Ware will add backfield depth for the Bears as they look to keep their playoff hopes alive. The 29-year-old tailback played three games for the Chiefs last season, registering 39 yards on 13 touches.

Dec 22, 2020 4:29 PM EST

Visiting Las Vegas

The Raiders hosted Ware (shoulder) for a tryout Thursday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.

Analysis: Ware has yet to settle in with a team during the 2020 season after the Chiefs let him hit the free agency market last offseason. With Josh Jacobs (ankle) missing Thursday's practice, the team could be looking for running back depth heading into Week 13. Last season with the Chiefs, the veteran only rushed the ball 17 times for 51 yards across three games.

Dec 3, 2020 4:27 PM EST

Looking for home in 2020

Ware (shoulder) will head into the 2020 offseason set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Analysis: Ware's knowledge of the offense paid off late in the season when the Chiefs were lacking depth at the position due to injury, resulting in Ware's addition to the roster. Unfortunately, his campaign ended just three weeks after it began due to a rotator cuff tear, landing him back in the free-agent market this offseason with an injury to boot. He'll likely have to prove to teams he's healthy ahead of 2020 before landing a gig.

Feb 13, 2020 3:23 PM EST

Headed for IR

Ware has been placed on IR due to a torn rotator cuff, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports.

Analysis: With that, LeSean McCoy (a healthy scratch in Week 16) is a candidate to be activated for Sunday's game against the Chargers, while fellow running backs Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson remain on as the Chiefs head into Week 17 and approach the upcoming postseason.

Dec 25, 2019 1:27 PM EST

Hurts shoulder against Bears

Ware (shoulder) is questionable to return to Sunday's game in Chicago.

Analysis: Ware didn't look to be in too much discomfort on the sidelines, but there's a good chance the Chiefs leave him out the rest of the way in a game that they're dominating. Expect Ware to maintain his role in the team's running back rotation moving forward.

Dec 22, 2019 7:52 PM EST

Picks up 35 yards in win

Ware ran for 26 yards on seven carries and added nine yards on two catches during Sunday's 23-3 win over Denver.

Analysis: It was just his second game back in red and yellow, but Ware managed to tie for the team lead among running backs with nine touches Sunday. The Chiefs have split up the workload among Ware, Darwin Thompson and Shady McCoy in Damien Williams' (ribs) three-game absence, making it hard to put much faith in any of them. Ware, signed just two weeks ago, certainly has the freshest legs of the bunch, but -- whether or not Williams is ready Sunday -- Ware is a tough play against a very stout Chicago run defense.

Dec 15, 2019 1:58 PM EST

Sizable role in first game

Ware racked up five carries for 11 yards and reeled in one of his two passes for a loss of nine yards.

Analysis: Ware actually led the way in offensive snaps at the running back position, taking the field for 40 percent. Even with the significant role, the veteran back was unable to produce much and his role may be headed for a reduction if Damien Williams (ribs) is cleared to return in Week 15 versus the Broncos.

Dec 10, 2019 1:30 AM EST

Secures deal with Chiefs

Ware signed with the Chiefs on Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Ware has spent three seasons with the Chiefs, including 13 games last year where he compiled 470 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. The Chiefs are bringing in Ware to support their injury-riddled backfield, as Damien Williams (ribs) and Darrel Williams (hamstring) are both uncertain for Week 14's clash against the Patriots. Ware could have an immediate role if neither of the Williams is healthy in time. LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson are the two other running backs. McCoy hasn't been productive lately, but Thompson showed promise by rushing for 44 yards and a score in Week 13's win over Oakland.

Dec 3, 2019 3:09 PM EST

Cut by Colts

The Colts released Ware (ankle) on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Ware underwent ankle surgery early in the preseason slate. The accompanying timetable was 5-to-6 weeks, but the running back has made negligible progress with his recovery. While his current level of health is unknown, Ware will be subject to a physical whenever an interested organization comes calling.

Sep 20, 2019 1:05 PM EST

Out at least a month

Ware (ankle) is expected to be out five to six weeks as he recovers from ankle surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Colts placed Ware on the PUP-R list Friday, but the veteran running back made it known his season would not be over suggesting he wasn't happy with the designation. Rapoport hinted an injury settlement could be on the way so it's entirely possible, and perhaps even likely, Ware could join another team at some point over the next couple of weeks, but he'll likely miss at least the first portion of the regular season as he recovers from ankle surgery.

Aug 3, 2019 2:01 PM EST

Heading to reserve/PUP list

The Colts placed Ware (undisclosed) on the reserve/PUP list.

Analysis: Ware has yet to practice during training camp due to an unknown injury, which is serious enough for the Colts to transfer him from active/PUP to reserve/PUP. Because he now resides on the latter, he'll be ineligible to practice or play for the first six weeks of the regular season. Clearly, the team is committed to seeing what Ware may be able to contribute, but he may not get that opportunity until mid-October, at the earliest. With the preseason slate about to kick off, the Colts backfield will be led by Marlon Mack, with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins (undisclosed) serving as the primary reserve options.

Aug 2, 2019 3:31 PM EST

Still sidelined

Ware (undisclosed) could miss another week, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: With Ware on the preseason PUP list and Jordan Wilkins (undisclosed) now banged up, the Colts reportedly kicked the tires on Mike Gillislee. Once healthy, Ware will look to secure a complementary role in the team's backfield behind Marlon Mack.

Aug 2, 2019 8:38 AM EST

Starts camp on PUP list

Ware will be placed on the PUP list with an unspecified muscle injury that's expected to keep him out of practice for two weeks, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Signed to a one-year, $1.31 million contract with $150,000 guaranteed, Ware is expected to compete against Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams for one or two roster spots. The former Chief dealt with a hamstring injury late last season, missing three games in December and one more in the divisional round of the playoffs. There was no report of any lingering impact when Ware signed with the Colts at the end of April.

Jul 24, 2019 7:52 AM EST

Facing tough competition

Coach Frank Reich said Ware is competing with Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams for a single role mixing in behind Marlon Mack on early downs, Kevin Bowen of ESPN 107.5 The Fan reports.

Analysis: Reich's description of the roles doesn't sound too promising, but he did mention that he's impressed by Ware's toughness and general understanding of football. The 27-year-old also has considerable experience catching passes out of the backfield, potentially making him a capable replacement for Nyheim Hines' role on passing downs. The versatility should give Ware at least a slight edge over Williams and Wilkins for the third spot on the depth chart, though the latter has the advantage of being a recent draft pick (2018 fifth-rounder) brought in by the current regime. Ware's one-year, $1.31 million contract contains only $150,000 guaranteed.

Jun 12, 2019 6:17 AM EST

Gets only $150k guaranteed

Ware's one-year, $1.31 million contract with the Colts contains $150,000 guaranteed, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: Contract details confirm the initial expectation of Ware needing to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster. In addition to the guaranteed $150,000 signing bonus, his deal consists of an $805,000 base salary and $350,000 in per-game roster bonuses. The Colts' decision to avoid pricier players or draft picks for their backfield is a not-so-subtle vote of confidence in Marlon Mack (hip) and Nyheim Hines. The 27-year-old Ware figures to compete with Jordan Wilkins, Jonathan Williams and at least one or two undrafted rookies.

May 2, 2019 7:26 AM EST

Joining Indianapolis

Ware signed with the Colts on Tuesday, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Ware met with the Colts, Jets and Lions earlier this offseason, ultimately waiting until after the 2019 NFL Draft to sign with a team. He shouldn't be a threat to Marlon Mack (hip) atop the depth chart, but Ware at least figures to put some pressure on reserve running backs Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams. The 27-year-old missed out on a nice opportunity last season in Kansas City, injuring his hamstring a couple weeks after Kareem Hunt was released. Ware did return for the AFC Championship Game, but he was limited to 10 snaps and one touch while working behind Damien Williams.

Apr 30, 2019 7:09 AM EST

Meets with Jets

Ware visited with the Jets on Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ware has met with the Lions and Colts so far this offseason in pursuit of a new home. While none of them can offer anything more than a complementary role, he does have one campaign (2016) with 1,368 yards from scrimmage on his resume, proving his worth as a runner and pass catcher. On the other side of the coin, he spent the entire 2017 season rehabbing from PCL and LCL tears in his right knee.

Apr 10, 2019 2:08 PM EST

Meets with Colts

Ware worked out for the Colts on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: After breaking out for 1,368 yards from scrimmage in 2016, Ware tore the PCL and LCL in his right knee during the ensuing preseason and missed all of 2017. The injury paved the way for Kareem Hunt to make his mark, and upon regaining his health, Ware managed just 470 scrimmage yards in 13 games last year. The Colts don't have a clear need in the backfield, with Marlon Mack (hip) and Nyheim Hines composing a two-tiered threat and Jordan Wilkins in reserve. That said, the potential addition of Ware would give the Colts a veteran presence in the backfield.

Apr 9, 2019 2:41 PM EST

Looking at Detroit

Ware is visiting with the Lions on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With Le'Veon Bell, Mark Ingram, Tevin Coleman, Latavius Murray and Adrian Peterson all off the market, Ware is one of the better backfield options still available. Detroit can offer him an opportunity to compete with Zach Zenner for the No. 2 runner role -- a job that may include goal-line and short-yardage carries.

Mar 18, 2019 7:46 AM EST

Minimal involvement in playoff loss

Ware played 10 of the Chiefs' 52 offensive snaps Sunday in the 37-31 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. He logged no carries and took his lone target for 21 yards.

Analysis: Returning from a six-week absence due to a hamstring injury, Ware unsurprisingly saw minimal involvement behind Damien Williams, who had cemented himself as the Chiefs' clear lead back while Ware was sidelined. Prior to the regular-season finale, Kansas City lavished Williams with a two-year contract extension, which likely increases his odds of slotting atop the depth chart in 2019. Ware, meanwhile, will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and may not be interested in returning to Kansas City if he isn't afforded a legitimate chance at competing for the No. 1 gig out of the backfield.

Jan 24, 2019 12:16 PM EST

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