Clyde Edwards-Helaire

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

Backfield depth added

The Chiefs have signed Ronald Jones to work in tandem with Edwards-Helaire this coming season, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Signing Jones addresses a void in the team's backfield, with Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon still unsigned in free agency. The former Buccaneer will now pair with Edwards-Helaire, creating the potential for a time-share that could hamper the weekly volume of the duo, when both are available. That said, in an offense that will no longer have explosive wideout Tyreek Hill to throw to, it's plausible that the Chiefs running backs, including Edwards-Helaire, will be presented with more receiving opportunities in 2022. Though it's possible that the team will continue to bring in additional skill players via free agency and/or the draft, for now things are set up for Edwards-Helaire and Jones to compete for RB slotting this summer.

Mar 29, 2022 10:43 AM EST

Just seven touches in playoff loss

Edwards-Helaire rushed six times for 36 yards and added a four-yard catch on two targets in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire worked in a change-of-pace role behind Jerick McKinnon, who totaled 95 yards on 15 touches. McKinnon will be a free agent this offseason, but Edwards-Helaire -- who was selected in the first round of the 2020 draft -- has been unable to grab the leading role in Kansas City's backfield by the horns over his first two seasons. Given Edwards-Helaire's modest production, the Chiefs will likely bring in competition for touches this offseason, either by re-signing McKinnon or adding an alternative option via free agency or the draft.

Jan 30, 2022 5:14 PM EST

Effective in return

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) rushed seven times for 60 yards and caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 42-36 overtime win over the Bills.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire looked spry in his first action since Week 16, mustering 69 scrimmage yards on just eight touches compared to Jerick McKinnon's 78 yards on 15 touches. McKinnon's the superior pass-catcher out of the backfield, but Edwards-Helaire has reestablished himself as the leading option on the ground for the pass-heavy Chiefs ahead of next week's AFC Championship Game against Cincinnati.

Jan 23, 2022 10:51 PM EST

Back in action Sunday

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) will join Jerick McKinnon and Derrick Gore out of the Chiefs backfield for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Bills with Darrel Williams (toe) inactive, Adam Teicher of reports.

Analysis: Making his first appearance since Week 16 due to a bruised shoulder, Edwards-Helaire is swapping in for Williams, but the breakdown of touches between himself, McKinnon and Gore remains to be seen. McKinnon fared well in Kansas City's wild-card win against the Steelers, taking 12 carries for 61 yards and gathering in all six targets for 81 yards and one touchdown. On the season, though, Edwards-Helaire averaged 13.8 touches in his 10 appearances, so it stands to reason he'll have some sort of role.

Jan 23, 2022 2:37 PM EST

No injury designation for Sunday's contest

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday night's playoff game against the Bills after practicing fully this past week.

Analysis: The stage is thus set for Edwards-Helaire, who last saw game action in Week 16, to be available for Sunday's contest, while fellow running back Darrel Williams (toe) is listed as questionable by Kansas City after returning to a limited practice Friday. In Edwards-Helaire's looming return, it remains to be seen how much work he'll see, given that Jerick McKinnon, who led the team's backfield in the team's wild-card win over the Steelers last weekend -- and possibly Williams -- are also candidates to handle backfield work against Buffalo. Edwards-Helaire finished the regular season with 119 carries for 517 yards and four TDs to go along with 19 catches (on 23 targets) for 129 yards and a pair of receiving yards in 10 games.

Jan 21, 2022 1:37 PM EST

Another full practice

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) practiced fully again Thursday.

Analysis: After having logged back-to-back full sessions Wednesday and Thursday, Edwards-Helaire appears on track to suit up Sunday against the Bills, barring any setbacks. Friday's final injury report will confirm whether Edwards-Helaire approaches the contest minus an injury designation, as well as add further context with regard to the status of fellow running back Darrel Williams (toe), who has yet to practice this week.

Jan 20, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Returns to full practice

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire didn't practice this past Thursday and Friday before ultimately being ruled out for Kansas City's playoff opener, but the running back's return to a full session presumably paves the way for him to return to the field Sunday against the Bills, in the absence of any setbacks.

Jan 19, 2022 1:26 PM EST

Won't play in wild-card round

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid ruled Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) out for Sunday's wild-card game against the Steelers, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Following a two-game absence to close the regular season, the second-year back looked to be on the right track to suit up this weekend after he practiced Wednesday in a limited capacity, but his odds of playing dipped when he regressed to no practice participation Thursday. Edwards-Helaire won't be on the field for Friday's practice session either, prompting Reid to rule him out since his shoulder injury "wasn't quite as good" as the team expected following Wednesday's workout, per Matt Derrick of Meanwhile, Darrel Williams (toe) is practicing Friday and is expected to be ready to play Sunday, leaving him in line to serve as Kansas City's lead back for the postseason opener.

Jan 14, 2022 11:25 AM EST

Not spotted at practice

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) wasn't spotted during the brief media access portion of Friday's practice, Pete Sweeney of and Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star report.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire didn't practice Thursday, so his absence from the early portion of Friday's session isn't the best sign with regard to his chances of suiting up for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. Friday's final injury report will add further context on that front as well as the status of fellow running back Darrel Williams (toe).

Jan 14, 2022 10:16 AM EST

Misses practice

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Adam Teicher of reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was a limited participant Wednesday in the Chiefs' first practice of the week, so his absence a day later suggests the running back either received some extra maintenance or experienced a setback with his injured shoulder. If it's the latter case, Edwards-Helaire would likely be at major risk of missing his third straight game Sunday, when the Chiefs host the Steelers in the wild-card round. On a positive note, Darrel Williams (toe) was on the practice field again Thursday after joining Edwards-Helaire as a limited participant at Wednesday's session, so Kansas City should have at least one of its top two backs available for the start of the postseason.

Jan 13, 2022 11:47 AM EST

Returns to limited practice

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) was listed as alimited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: The same applies to Darrel Williams (toe), with Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star relaying via coach Andy Reid that both backs "looked good" in practice Wednesday. Reid added that the team will continue evaluating the duo in the coming days, but at this stage both Edwards-Helaire and Williams appear to be trending in the right direction as Sunday night's game against the Steelers approaches.

Jan 12, 2022 2:05 PM EST

Takes the field Wednesday

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) was spotted at practice Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: As was Darrel Williams (toe), which bodes well for the chances of both backs being available for Sunday's playoff opener against the Steelers. That said, Edwards-Helaire -- who last suited up in Week 16 -- will probably need to practice fully by Friday in order to avoid heading into the weekend with an injury designation.

Jan 12, 2022 10:23 AM EST

Progressing in recovery

Coach Andy Reid said Monday that Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) is making progress in his recovery, Matt Derrick of reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was inactive for Saturday's regular-season finale after he was unable to practice ahead of Week 18, but Reid said that he expects the running back to get some work in ahead of Sunday's wild-card matchup against Pittsburgh. Whether the 22-year-old will be cleared for game action in time for the postseason opener remains to be seen, but Darrel Williams would be in line for a lead role once again if Edwards-Helaire is unavailable.

Jan 10, 2022 10:22 AM EST

Ruled out for Week 18

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) has been ruled out for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Broncos.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire, who was inactive in Week 17, was unable to practice this week and he'll now focus on returning to Kansas City's lineup in time for the team's postseason opener. In his continued absence, Darrel Williams is slated to head the Chiefs' backfield this weekend, with Derrick Gore working in a complementary role and Jerick McKinnon in reserve.

Jan 6, 2022 12:21 PM EST

Not in line to play Week 18

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) won't practice Thursday and is unlikely to play Saturday against the Broncos, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After he was diagnosed with a bruised shoulder/collarbone following his early exit in the Chiefs' Week 16 win over the Steelers, Edwards-Helaire didn't practice in any fashion last week before being listed as questionable heading into the team's Week 17 game against the Bengals. He was ultimately inactive for the 34-31 loss, but the Chiefs had hope the second-year back might be available for the regular-season finale. Ultimately, Edwards-Helaire looks set to miss his second straight game after again failing to practice this week, paving the way for Darrel Williams to get another turn as the Chiefs' lead back. Later Thursday, Kansas City will release its final Week 18 injury report, which will whether Edwards-Helaire is listed as questionable, doubtful or out heading into Saturday's game.

Jan 6, 2022 11:24 AM EST

Misses another practice

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: He missed every practice last week and now has sat out Tuesday and Wednesday in Week 18, leaving only Thursday as his final chance for participation. If Edwards-Helaire ends up missing a second straight game, Darrel Williams likely will be called on again as KC's lead back, coming off a big game last week with 107 total yards and two TDs.

Jan 5, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Not practicing to begin Week 18

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) didn't practice Tuesday, but head coach Andy Reid said the running back still has a chance to play in Saturday's game in Denver, Pete Sweeney of reports.

Analysis: In order to have a realistic shot at suiting up this weekend, Edwards-Helaire will almost certainly need to fit in some practice activity, so what he's able to do Wednesday or Thursday will go a long way toward determining his status. While Edwards-Helaire missed his sixth game of the season in the Chiefs' Week 17 loss to Cincinnati, Darrel Williams (14 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns, three catches for 19 yards) filled a lead role out of the backfield.

Jan 4, 2022 11:50 AM EST

Ruled out for Week 17

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: With Edwards-Helaire not in line to travel with the team, look for Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore to head Kansas City's Week 17 backfield, with Jerick McKinnon (hamstring) a candidate to mix in as well, after having been activated from IR in advance of Sunday's contest.

Jan 1, 2022 10:27 AM EST

Officially questionable for Week 17

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Though Edwards-Helaire was unable to practice this past week, at this stage coach Andy Reid isn't ruling the running back out for Sunday's contest. If, however, Edwards-Helaire is deemed out or limited for Kansas City's 1:00 ET kickoff, added Week 17 opportunities would be available for Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore, while Jerick McKinnon (hamstring) is a candidate to be activated from IR by the team.

Dec 31, 2021 12:24 PM EST

Misses practice, but not ruled out

Though Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) didn't practice again Friday, coach Andy Reid isn't ruling the running back out for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Reid noted that since Edwards-Helaire knows the playbook, it's possible he could suit up despite not practicing this week. If, however, Edwards-Helaire is unable to go this weekend, Kansas City could activate Jerick McKinnon (hamstring) from IR to bolster a backfield that also includes Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore.

Dec 31, 2021 11:45 AM EST

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