|ADP:||Round: 7, Pick: 11|
|Team:||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Ht / Wt:||5'7" / 207 lb.|
|Born:||April 11, 1999|
|Drafted:||2020 / Rd. 1 (32)|
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Browns, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Analysis: As reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN earlier Sunday, Edwards-Helaire isn't ready to return from the left ankle sprain and left hip strain that he suffered Week 15. With the rookie first-rounder out of the lineup, Le'Veon Bell is in line to head the Chiefs backfield in their playoff opener. Behind Bell, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson are next up for touches at running back.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Edwards-Helaire sat out the final two games of the regular season due to a sprained left ankle and a strained left hip, and even with a bye week the rookie first-rounder isn't slated to suit up in the Chiefs' playoff opener. With Edwards-Helaire likely on the sideline Sunday, Kansas City will turn to Le'Veon Bell to lead the backfield, with Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson in reserve.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) remains questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Browns, but sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that the running back is facing "an uphill battle to play."
Analysis: After missing the Chiefs' final two regular-season contests while battling a left ankle sprain and a left hip strain, Edwards-Helaire was generally expected to be ready to go for the divisional round following Kansas City's bye in the wild-card round. Though Edwards-Helaire started the week off on a positive note by practicing on a limited basis, he logged no activity Thursday and Friday to take a questionable tag into Sunday. Unless Edwards-Helaire demonstrates some dramatic improvement in pregame warmups, he looks like he could be listed among the Chiefs' inactive players for the contest. If that's the case, the Chiefs would be down to Le'Veon Bell, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson as their available backs.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) did not practice Friday and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC divisional-round game against the Browns, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Edwards-Helaire has now missed back-to-back practices since logging a limited session Wednesday, but Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports that the starting running back's lack of recent activity has been intentional to provide him rest, rather than representative of a setback. Coach Andy Reid hinted that Edwards-Helaire could be a true game-time decision for Sunday's contest. Le'Veon Bell and Darrel Williams will stand to lead the Chiefs' backfield if Edwards-Helaire can't go.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) didn't practice Thursday, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It's a step backward -- at least on paper -- after the rookie was a limited practice participant Wednesday. It's possible this was the Chiefs' plan all along, but it does throw some doubt on Edwards-Helaire's availability for a playoff game against the Browns on Sunday. He missed the final two weeks of the regular season after suffering a high-ankle sprain Dec. 20.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Per Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com, Edwards-Helaire -- who last played in Week 15 -- is progressing well from his high-ankle sprain and the running back's presence at practice Wednesday bodes well for his chances of suiting up for Sunday's divisional round playoff game against the Browns. Time will tell if Edwards-Helaire approaches Kansas City's playoff opener with an injury designation or is fully cleared to play in advance of the weekend.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) was present for Wednesday's practice, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: With Kansas City having clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC in advance of Week 17 action, Edwards-Helaire sat out the team's regular-season finale. The running back's presence on the field Wednesday suggest that he's trending toward a return to action in Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Browns. The team's first official practice report of the week will reveal Edwards-Helaire's participation level.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Analysis: Fellow running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) is listed as questionable for the contest, but with Kansas City having clinched a first-round playoff bye, it wouldn't surprise us to see Darwin Thompson and Darrel Williams see their share of touches Sunday, with the team likely to scratch or limit a number of its key players. Edwards-Helaire will thus set his sights on being ready to play in time for the Chiefs' postseason opener.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: The same applies to fellow running back Le'Veon Bell (knee). If both players end up ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, which is plausible given that Kansas City (with the AFC's No. 1 seed clinched) plans to rest some key players this weekend. Next up in the team's RB pecking order are Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson, with Elijah McGuire a candidate to be elevated from the practice squad.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Edwards-Helaire appears destined to miss Sunday's regular-season finale against the Chargers due to his high-ankle sprain, especially considering that coach Andy Reid has already announced he'll sit some of his starters. With Le'Veon Bell (knee) also now injured, Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson and Elijah McGuire are all possible candidates for increased workloads Week 17.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) won't play Sunday against the Falcons, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: This news comes via coach Andy Reid, which sets the stage for Le'Veon Bell to head the Kansas City backfield this weekend, with Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson and possibly Elijah McGuire also in the mix. Looking ahead, Edwards-Helaire is also expected to miss the team's season finale in Week 17 versus the Chargers.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) isn't practicing Thursday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Given that Edwards-Helaire is considered unlikely to play in either of the Chiefs' next two games with a left high-ankle sprain and a strained left hip, his absence from both of the Chiefs' first two Week 16 practices hardly comes as a surprise. Expect Kansas City to formally rule the rookie out for Sunday's game against the Falcons following Friday's practice.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) didn't practice Wednesday, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
Analysis: Though Kansas City has yet to provide a detailed update on the Week 16 status of Edwards-Helaire, ESPN's Adam Schefter previously relayed that the running back is believed to be dealing with a high ankle sprain and a strained hip. With that in mind, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggests that Edwards-Helaire is targeting a return in the playoffs. Barring an unexpected turn in his favor, look for the Chiefs to officially rule Edwards-Helaire out for Sunday's game against the Falcons no later than Friday. Either way, fantasy managers should assume that Le'Veon Bell will head the team's backfield this weekend, with Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson (illness) and possibly Elijah McGuire also in the mix.
The Chiefs believe that Edwards-Helaire suffered a high-ankle sprain and a strained hip during Sunday's 32-29 win over the Saints, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The Chiefs listed Edwards-Helaire with hip and ankle injuries when he was forced out late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win, and he returned negative X-ray results after the game. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has reported that the rookie first-round pick is expected to miss the final two weeks of the regular season, and given the tricky recovery timetable often associated with high-ankle sprains, even a first-round bye may not guarantee his immediate return in the postseason. Le'Veon Bell projects to lead Kansas City's backfield as long as Edwards-Helaire is sidelined, while Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson are also candidates for increased roles.
Even though X-rays came back negative, the early expectation is that Edwards-Helaire (hip/leg) will miss the final two games of the regular season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was helped off the field during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 32-29 win over the Chiefs, finishing with 14 carries for 79 yards and one catch for four yards on 45 percent of offensive snaps. The team expects him to be out for at least a week or two, but the likelihood of a first-round bye improves Edwards-Helaire's odds to avoid any playoff absences. Le'Veon Bell figures to lead the KC backfield while the rookie is sidelined, with Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson also candidates to get some work.
Edwards-Helaire (hip/leg) received negative X-ray results after Sunday's 32-29 win over the Saints, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Analysis: Coach Andy Reid said that Edwards-Helaire "got twisted up into the splits" in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win, but it looks like the rookie running back has at least avoided any sort of fracture. Edwards-Helaire had to be helped off the field by trainers, and he was unable to put any weight on his left leg. Le'Veon Bell, who had 15 carries for 62 yards and a score versus New Orleans, would be in line to lead Kansas City's backfield if Edwards-Helaire can't face the Falcons in Week 16.
Edwards-Helaire (hip/leg) is doubtful to return to Sunday's game against the Saints.
Analysis: The rookie first-round pick appeared to have his lower left leg rolled up late in the fourth quarter. He was able to limp off the field with the assistance of trainers, but didn't place any weight on his injured leg. Le'Veon Bell stands to take over as the Chiefs' primary ball carrier as long as Edwards-Helaire is sidelined. Before leaving the field, Edwards-Helaire had 14 carries for 79 yards and secured one of four targets for four yards.
Edwards-Helaire rushed 16 times for 32 yards and caught five of six targets for another 59 in Sunday's 33-27 win over Miami.
Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was bottled up on the ground but got 16 of the 18 carries by Chiefs running backs, returning to a lead role after sitting out last week's win over Denver due to a stomach illness. His inability to find running room in this one doesn't bode well for Edwards-Helaire's chances of finding success on the ground against the stout Saints front in Week 15, but the versatile rookie notched his eighth game with at least three catches in this one and should remain heavily involved in the high-powered Kansas City offense as both a runner and a pass-catcher.
Edwards-Helaire was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was still technically listed with an illness on Wednesday's injury report, but the issue didn't impact his reps at all. The rookie running back was active for last Sunday's win over the Broncos, but only in an emergency capacity, leading to his ending the day without a single snap. He appears on track to resume handling his usual duties on the road in Miami, but coach Andy Reid did mention that Edwards-Helaire's stomach ailment caused him to lose weight, so fantasy managers will want to keep a close eye on his status.
Edwards-Helaire (illness) was active during Sunday night's 22-16 win over the Broncos but did not register a single snap.
Analysis: Edwards-Helaire missed practice Thursday and Friday due to a stomach flu, and Matt Derrick of Sports Radio 810 WHB reports that the illness even caused him to lose some weight. It was only after the game, and Edwards-Helaire's surprise goose egg in a key fantasy week, that coach Andy Reid revealed his intent to hold the rookie running back out except as an emergency option. Hopefully Edwards-Helaire will be all clear of his ailment in time for the Chiefs' Week 14 matchup against the Dolphins, but if there are any lingering concerns about his health the team could simply lean on Le'Veon Bell again.
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