The Kansas City Chiefs have dealt with injuries to several different running backs this season, and an important one could be unavailable for their Week 14 showdown against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Darrel Williams suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's 40-9 win over the Oakland Raiders, and his status for next week doesn't sound promising.

“Darrel’s injury, it looked like he had a hamstring and that didn’t look very good,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday. “There’s probably a pretty good chance he doesn’t play. (Darwin Thompson) is going to be ready to go."

Williams tallied a 3-yard touchdown reception and ran six times for 13 yards against the Raiders before exiting with an injury. 

If Williams can't play, expect to see Darwin Thompson take on a larger role in Kansas City's rushing attack. The rookie running back tallied career highs in carries (11) and rushing yards (44) versus the Raiders, and he also scored his first career NFL touchdown.


The Chiefs ran the ball 29 times for 96 yards and scored three times on the ground against the Raiders. Establishing the run game likely will be critical to the Chiefs' ability to beat the Patriots on the road Sunday, but it won't be easy. New England's run defense has allowed the sixth-fewest rushing yards per game and the second-fewest rushing touchdowns of any team.

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