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Chiefs expect RB Spencer Ware back against Browns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs survived nicely Sunday against the Ravens without running back Spencer Ware. He got in for two plays on special teams in the Chiefs’ 34-14 victory, but didn’t play on offense.

In the bigger picture, the Chiefs need Ware. He’s been a nice complement to Charcandrick West.

Coach Andy Reid indicated that Ware, who injured his ribs in a game against the Chargers two weeks ago, would be ready to resume his normal offensive role this coming Sunday against the Browns at Arrowhead Stadium.

With Ware on the sideline in Baltimore, the Chiefs went with West and Knile Davis at running back. West rushed for 76 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown. Davis had 14 yards on five carries.

“His ribs were a little bit sore," Reid said, explaining why Ware was active but didn’t play on offense. “We had Knile there and we feel comfortable with him and we worked him in when needed. As an emergency (Ware) could’ve (played). But I wanted to let those (ribs) settle down a little bit.

“I think he’ll be ready this week."

Ware’s ability to get tough yards has been vital to the Chiefs since he worked his way into the lineup. He’s averaging 3.69 yards after contact on his 51 carries, the highest total in the league for any runner with more than six carries.

West is averaging 4.0 yards per carry and Davis 2.6 per carry total, before or after contact.

The Browns have one of the NFL’s worst run defenses, allowing a very generous 4.6 yards per carry.