Kansas City Chiefs

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The Chiefs likely will be with­out RB Spencer Ware as they be­gin the 2017 sea­son.

Ware is thought to re­quire sea­son-end­ing surgery to re­pair a torn pos­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment and dam­age to the lat­eral col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in his right knee, trainer Rick Burkholder said.

“Like with all these sig­nif­i­cant in­juries, we’ll ex­haust all our op­tions, look at sec­ond opin­ions and do what’s best for his knee and his ca­reer,” Burkholder said.

Ware was in­jured in an Aug. 25 game against the Seat­tle Sea­hawks. He led the Chiefs in rush­ing last sea­son with 921 yards on 214 car­ries.

Rookie Ka­reem Hunt as­sumes the start­ing role. Char

can­drick West and C.J. Spiller could con­trib­ute.

A third-round pick, Hunt had nine car­ries for 39 yards against the Sea­hawks. Rookie watch: Un­drafted free agents Gehrig Di­eter and Mar­cus Kemp are mak­ing their pres­ence felt in the ros­ter bat­tle at wide re­ceiver. Di­eter led the team with three re­cep­tions for 42 yards against Seat­tle. Note­wor­thy: The Chiefs ac­quired LB Reg­gie Ragland from the Buf­falo Bills for a 2019 fourth-round pick. The 2016 sec­ond-rounder missed last sea­son with a knee in­jury and likely would have been cut by Buf­falo. ... S Eric Berry (heel) didn’t play against Seat­tle. “He came out and prac­ticed (be­fore the game). He was ac­tu­ally sore from that, phys­i­cally sore from the prac­tices, and then the leg flared up just a lit­tle bit,” Reed said. ... WR De’An­tho

ny Thomas re­bounded from a muffed kick­off re­turn with a 95yard touch­down that likely ce­mented him in that job. ... K Cai

ro San­tos (groin) is ex­pected back this week.

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