Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #25
Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #25
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Clyde Edwards-Helaire News

Scores in return to action

Edwards-Helaire carried the ball 12 times for 63 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 19-9 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: It was a productive return from a five-game absence for the second-year RB, who reclaimed the starting role from Darrel Williams and scored his first rushing TD of the season on a one-yard plunge in the second quarter. Edwards-Helaire has had a tough season to date, but he still has time to post some big numbers on the other side of Kansas City's Week 12 bye.

Nov 21, 2021 8:53 PM EST

Active in Week 11

Edwards-Helaire (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Adam Teicher of reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was activated from injured reserve on Saturday after a stint that led to a total of five absences, the second-year back will officially make his return Sunday. How much work Edwards-Helaire splits with Darrel Williams remains to be seen, however, considering the Chiefs may opt to both ease the former back into action after a relatively long layoff and also keep the latter involved after he performed well as both runner and receiver over multiple games in recent weeks.

Nov 21, 2021 12:08 PM EST

Activated, listed as questionable

Edwards-Helaire (knee) was activated from IR on Saturday. He's now listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: While Edwards-Helaire's questionable tag will make his status worth monitoring, he's expected to play, as the Chiefs would not have activated him if they didn't intend to use him Sunday. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Edwards-Helaire is expected to start against Dallas, bur Darrel Williams will continue to have a role in the offense.

Nov 20, 2021 1:05 PM EST

Could be back Week 11

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid didn't commit to Edwards-Helaire (knee) making his return from injured reserve for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, but he suggested the running back was trending toward being available for the contest, Charles Goldman of USA Today reports. "Yeah, I'll get with [Chiefs athletic trainer Rick Burkholder] here and just make sure that everything is OK," Reid said Friday. "We'll go from there, but [Edwards-Helaire] had a good week of practice."

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was practicing with the team for the second straight week, after the Chiefs initially designated him for return from IR on Nov. 10. The second-year back looks to be making good progress in his recovery from an MCL sprain of his left knee, but he won't be an option to play Sunday until the Chiefs activate him from IR prior to Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for Week 11 roster moves. Though Edwards-Helaire served as Kansas City's lead back before suffering the knee injury Week 5, he could find himself as part of a timeshare at the position with Darrel Williams upon rejoining the 53-man roster.

Nov 19, 2021 3:52 PM EST

Week 11 status TDB

Coach Andy Reid noted Wednesday that the team wants to see how Edwards-Helaire (knee) does in practice before making a decision on whether to activate the running back for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Though Edwards-Helaire is clearly trending in the right direction, Reid acknowledges that there's a chance the Chiefs could hold the running back out this weekend, with the team's upcoming bye in Week 12 in mind. If that ends up being the case, Darrel Williams would be in line to continue to head Kansas City's backfield in Week 11, with Jerick McKinnon and Derrick Gore available for change-of-pace/complementary duty.

Nov 17, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Chance to return in Week 11

Coach Andy Reid said Monday that Edwards-Helaire (knee) has a "good chance" to return Sunday against the Cowboys, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was designated to return from injured reserve last week but was unable to suit up in the team's Week 10 win over the Raiders. However, Reid sounded more optimistic about the running back's status ahead of Sunday's matchup against Dallas. The 22-year-old made five appearances prior to sustaining his injury, and he logged 65 carries for 304 yards while hauling in eight of 10 targets for 61 yards and two touchdowns.

Nov 15, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Officially out for Week 10

The Chiefs didn't activate Edwards-Helaire (knee) from injured reserve prior to Saturday's 4 p.m ET deadline for Week 10 roster moves, meaning he won't play Sunday against the Raiders.

Analysis: Even though Edwards-Helaire resumed practicing this week when first eligible after missing the requisite three games, head coach Andy Reid admitted Friday that it was "probably a stretch" for the second-year running back to make it back for the matchup with the Raiders. With Edwards-Helaire not added back to the 53-man roster for Sunday's game, Darrel Williams once again looks on track to receive steady work on the ground while taking on most of the passing-down work for Kansas City. Assuming he turns in another good week of practice, Edwards-Helaire has a good shot at making it back for the Chiefs' next game Nov. 21 against the Cowboys.

Nov 14, 2021 5:28 AM EST

Not likely to return Sunday

Coach Andy Reid noted Friday that Edwards-Helaire (knee) had a good week of practice, but "it's probably a stretch" for the running back to be activated from injured reserve prior to Sunday's game at Las Vegas, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: The Chiefs must make a decision to do so by 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, or else Edwards-Helaire will remain on IR for at least one more week. Because the team opened his 21-day practice window Wednesday, Reid and company have plenty of time to evaluate Edwards-Helaire as he recovers from a sprained left MCL suffered during a Week 5 loss to the Bills. Kansas City is on bye Week 12, so Edwards-Helaire could be held out until then to ensure he's healthy for the stretch run of the season. In the meantime, Darrel Williams will continue to handle early down reps, while Jerick McKinnon and Derrick Gore are on hand to spell him.

Nov 12, 2021 12:29 PM EST

Impresses in return to practice

Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy indicated that Edwards-Helaire (knee) "looked great" at Wednesday's practice, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday, which opened up a 21-day-window for the Chiefs to restore the running back to their active roster or leave him on IR. Based on Bieniemy's comments, Edwards-Helaire is headed in the right direction in advance of Sunday night's game against the Raiders, but it remains to be seen if he'll be activated in time for the contest or be brought along slowly by the team with a potential Week 11 return in mind.

Nov 11, 2021 10:29 AM EST

Returns to practice

Edwards-Helaire returned to practice Wednesday, Adam Teicher of reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire will be designated to return from injured reserve, opening a 21-day window for the Chiefs to either reinstate him to the active roster or place him on IR for the rest of the year. The target date for a game appearance presumably is this Sunday in Las Vegas or Week 11 against Dallas, considering the Chiefs then have a bye in Week 12. Fill-in starter Darrel Williams has been functional for both the Chiefs and fantasy managers thanks to his pass catching and blocking, but he's averaging only 3.6 YPC for the season and 3.5 as a starter.

Nov 10, 2021 11:35 AM EST

Not ready to come off IR

Coach Andy Reid relayed Friday that Edwards-Helaire (knee) is "closer" to a potential return from IR, but added "we'll have to see how time handles it here in the next couple of weeks," Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire, who is bouncing back from an MCL sprain, thus remains on IR in advance of Sunday's game against the Packers and his Week 10 status remains cloudy as well. In his continued absence this weekend, Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore are slated to head Kansas City's rushing attack versus Green Bay.

Nov 5, 2021 11:38 AM EST

Still on IR

Edwards-Helaire (knee) remains on IR in advance of Sunday's game against the Packers, Charles Goldman of the USA Today reports.

Analysis: With Edwards-Helaire, who last suited up in Week 5, not yet having been designated to return from IR, Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore appear poised to head Kansas City's rushing attack in Week 9. In the team's 20-17 win over the Giants this past Monday, Williams logged 13 carries for 49 yards and caught six passes for 61 yards, while Gore ran 11 times for 48 yards and a TD.

Nov 5, 2021 10:06 AM EST

Shuttles to IR

The Chiefs placed Edwards-Helaire (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: After he was diagnosed with an MCL sprain of his left knee following his departure from Sunday's loss to the Bills, Edwards-Helaire was generally expected to require at least a couple weeks of recovery time. The Chiefs' decision to move the second-year back to IR means that he'll officially be out for at least the next three games, with Kansas City's Week 9 contest versus Green Bay representing Edwards-Helaire's earliest possible return date. While Edwards-Helaire is on the mend, Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon are expected to lead the Kansas City backfield, though it's unclear how the snaps and touches might be divvied up among the two.

Oct 12, 2021 11:42 AM EST

Suffers MCL sprain

Edwards-Helaire suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday's loss to the Bills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was carried off the field after he suffered his injury Monday but was able to walk gingerly to the locker room under his own power. The 22-year-old is expected to miss a few weeks due to his injury, while Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon should handle increased work in his absence.

Oct 11, 2021 10:48 AM EST

Done for night

Edwards-Helaire (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against Buffalo.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire's left leg bent back awkwardly on a tackle, and he stayed down after the play, pounding the ground with his fist in frustration. He was carried off to the sideline by teammates, but Edwards-Helaire was later able to limp to the locker room under his own power. Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon are the remaining options in the Kansas City backfield, while Edwards-Helaire will finish the night with seven carries for 13 yards and an 11-yard catch on two targets.

Oct 10, 2021 8:46 PM EST

Tops 100 yards again

Edwards-Helaire rushed 14 times for 102 yards while catching two of three targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-30 win over Philadelphia.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire hit the 100-yard rushing mark and caught a touchdown for the second consecutive week, this time scoring from one yard out on a shovel pass from Patrick Mahomes. He still doesn't have a rushing touchdown this season, in large part due to Darrel Williams' prominent role in the red zone, and Williams vultured a one-yard rushing score in the third quarter among his 10 carries in this one. Five of Kansas City's six touchdowns in this one came through the air, but Edwards-Helaire remains the primary option on the ground in this high-powered offense heading into a Week 5 visit from the Bills.

Oct 3, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Hits century mark in loss

Edwards-Helaire rushed 17 times for 100 yards and secured both targets for nine yards in the Chiefs' 30-24 loss to the Chargers on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.

Analysis: The second-year back atoned for his pedestrian performances over the first two games of the season as far as the stat sheet is concerned, but his fumble early in the second quarter following a seven-yard gain set up the Chargers' second touchdown. The ball security issues aside, Edwards-Helaire looked explosive and impressive in hos way to his first 100-yard rushing tally since Oct. 19 of last season. CEH will look to build on Sunday's momentum and stay away from putting the ball on the ground in a Week 4 road matchup against the Eagles.

Sep 26, 2021 2:22 PM EST

Struggles on SNF

Edwards-Helaire rushed 13 times for 46 yards while losing a fumble in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: The Chiefs only dialed up 16 designed running plays for its backs in a game that the team led for the majority of the contest after running 15 of those same plays in Week 1. It appears that offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy wants to keep the ball in his best player's hands, Patrick Mahomes, as much as possible this season, which seems like a smart move. It doesn't help that Edwards-Helaire isn't doing much with the limited touches he has been receiving (3.3 yards per carry). If this trend continues, then CEH's ceiling may be lower than many expected for 2021. Up next for the Chiefs is a divisional matchup against the Chargers next Sunday.

Sep 19, 2021 11:17 PM EST

Held in check Sunday

Edwards-Helaire carried the ball 14 times for 43 yards and caught all three of his targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 33-29 win over the Browns.

Analysis: The second-year back's longest run went for only nine yards, as the Browns' defense bottled things up on the ground. No other Kansas City back got more than one carry, however, so at least Edwards-Helaire is very clearly the top option in the backfield. Despite the floor provided by his touch volume, he could struggle to post better numbers on the road against the Ravens in Week 2.

Sep 12, 2021 8:05 PM EST

Practices fully

Edwards-Helaire (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star previously relayed that Edwards-Helaire declared himself "ready to go" for Sunday's regular-season opener against the Browns, a notion solidified by the running back's full practice participation Wednesday. Heading into Week 1, Edwards-Helaire is on track to head Kansas City's rushing attack versus Cleveland, backed up by Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon.

Sep 8, 2021 4:30 PM EST

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