The Kansas City Chiefs received good news regarding running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on Monday. According to a report by NFL Network Ian Rapoport, Edwards-Helaire has some swelling in his injured shoulder, but there is no structural damage.
Some good news after testing: There is swelling but no structural damage and the injury does not end the season, a source said. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is expected to return shortly. https://t.co/drc1S8QNvI
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2021
Rapoport added that Edwards-Helaire is expected to return “shortly”, but it is not known if that means Edwards-Helaire will miss the Chiefs’ next game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
In the meantime, the Chiefs currently have two more running backs on the 53-man roster, substitute Darrel Williams and third fullback Derrick Gore. Williams and Gore totaled 189 versatile yards in the Chiefs’ 36-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Chiefs also have Elijah McGuire, former sixth round player of 2017, on their practice squad, and veteran Jerick McKinnon is eligible to return from the injured reserve.
“We’re going to sort of figure that out [Monday]”Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said before Edwards-Helaire’s test results were made public.” McKinnon is in pretty good shape physically, so we’ll see how he does and then we’ll see where Clyde is after getting a few of those reports. We’ll take it from there and I’ll go with (GM) [Brett] Veach and (vice president of sports medicine and performance Rick [Burkholder] and the docs later. “
In 10 games this season, Edwards-Helaire has made 119 rushing attempts for 517 yards and four touchdowns, adding 19 receptions for 129 yards and two air scores. On Sunday, he scored the first touchdown in the Chiefs’ win over the Steelers.