Charcandrick West Injury: Updates on Chiefs RB's Hamstring and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (35) runs down field during an NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday Aug. 21, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/TUSP, Jay Biggerstaff)
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Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West suffered a hamstring injury against the San Diego Chargers in Week 11. After missing Week 12 against the Buffalo Bills, he is ready to return.  

Continue for updates.

West Active for Week 13

Sunday, Dec. 6

The Chiefs announced that West was available against the Oakland Raiders.

Reid Comments on West's Injury, Practice Status

Wednesday, Nov. 25

"It's not bad, but we'll see," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said, per Joe Buscaglia of WKBW. "He won't practice today. He'll fight like crazy to play in this game."

West Recovery Timeline Revealed 

Sunday, Nov. 22

Reid told reporters West is day to day, according to Brandon Schlager of Sporting News. 

West's Injury Was the Latest Blow to Kansas City's Running Game

West was a little-known backup entering the 2015 season, but that changed in Week 5 when starter Jamaal Charles tore his ACL, which spelled the end of his year. With Charles on the shelf, West and Knile Davis suddenly became the Chiefs' go-to guys in the backfield.

As an undrafted player out of Abilene Christian, West appeared in six games in 2014, but he didn't receive a single touch on offense. It seemed as though he was the No. 3 running back on the depth chart at best, but he started to get more usage than Davis prior to Charles' injury.

Because of that, John Paulsen of FantasyPros loved West's potential to produce for the remainder of the 2015 campaign, per SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio:

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.@4for4_John just said that if he can stay healthy, you can expect Charcandrick West to provide RB-2 production for the rest of the season.

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Losing a player of Charles' caliber is never easy, especially when there isn't an established backup to take his place.

Even so, Reid was fairly comfortable with what he had behind Charles on the depth chart at the running back position, according to ESPN's Adam Teicher:

You know you're not going to replace Jamaal. He's one of the best. Really, when it's all said and done, one of the best in the history of the game. That's not how you go about it. You find out and (take advantage of) the strengths of those other players. And that's the challenge as a coach, to make sure you're putting them in a good position to do that. We've had some success at that position doing that. Knile's had some big games for us here when he's been called on. And then Charcandrick is getting better every week, so we can surely move forward and still be successful there.

Although he certainly isn't in Charles' class, West was viewed as an intriguing replacement due to his ability to do a little bit of everything. That includes catching passes, which is one of his greatest assets.

Kansas City is one team that has rarely had to worry about its running back situation in recent years, but the hits have just kept coming in 2015.


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