The Green Bay Packers have boosted their running game.

Chiefs Trade RB Knile Davis To Packers

The team acquired reserve running back Knile Davis from the Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, according to a source informed of the trade.

In exchange, the Chiefs will receive a conditional late-round pick, probably based on playing time, Rapoport added.

The Kansas City Star first reported the news. Coach Mike McCarthy later confirmed the trade, adding the Packers were attempting to get him ready for practice Tuesday.


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Green Bay has desperately been seeking backfield help. Starting rusher Eddie Lacy is dealing with a persistent ankle injury, and McCarthy said Lacy is “very sore” and won’t be practicing Tuesday. James Starks is out four weeks after undergoing knee surgery on Monday.

Lacy was the only healthy back to suit up in Sunday’s 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. With the starter battling the ankle trouble, receiver Ty Montgomery served as a backup out of the backfield much of the second half.

Davis has been available for trade as far back as March. Rapoport reported at the time Davis made the request to be traded– Davis later denied that request was made. With Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West proving more than capable of filling in and Jamaal Charles returning from his ACL tear, Davis was always the odd man out.

Then rookie Tyreek Hill stole Davis’ return gig this season. Davis’ roster spot appeared to be in jeopardy the past few weeks.

Heading into Thursday night’s division showdown against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field, Green Bay fans shouldn’t expect much from Davis, who has averaged merely 3.3 yards per carry for his career. He has open field speed, but isn’t shifty in tight spaces and struggles severely in the passing game.

Davis can also help on special teams.

The Packers are currently 3-2 and second in NFC North.

OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 06: Knile Davis #34 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes with the ball against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Coliseum on December 6, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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