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Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Date of Birth:  04/11/1999
Age:  23
Height  5'7"
Weight:   207
College:  LSU
Drafted:  2020 | Round 1 | Pick 32
Depth Chart:  2nd string

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB


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Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) has been ruled out for the Wild Card Round.

The hope was that Edwards-Helaire would be able to play against the Steelers on Sunday night, but his shoulder unfortunately has not responded well enough, and the Chiefs are ruling him out ahead of the weekend. Hopefully the second-year back can potentially play next weekend if the Chiefs are able to advance.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (collarbone) ruled out for Week 18.

Kansas City is hopeful that Edwards-Helaire will be back for the postseason, but Darrel Williams will draw another start on Saturday with Derrick Gore mixing in behind him. Edwards-Helaire's season didn't go as expected due to injuries, and he'll finish with decreased numbers nearly across the board compared to his rookie campaign with 119 carries, 517 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 19 receptions, 129 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns. It will take an increased role catching passes out of the backfield for CEH to take a Year 3 leap, but the upside is high in Kansas City's offense.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (collarbone) ruled out for Week 17.

Edwards-Helaire isn't traveling with the team to Cincinnati, which this isn't a surprise, and he could be out until the postseason. Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore will handle most of the work for Kansas City this week, with the former being a strong RB2 and the latter being a quality FLEX.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (collarbone) has no structural damage, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The injury is not season ending, and while it sounds like CEH will miss some time, we would guess he'll be back for the postseason (especially if Kansas City gets the No. 1 seed). Darrel Williams will start if Edwards-Helaire does indeed miss regular season games, and he'd be on the RB2 map with Derrick Gore seeing extended run to be a FLEX candidate.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (collarbone) is officially out for the rest of Week 16.

This isn't a great sign, and now we have to hope it isn't a season-ender for Edwards-Helaire. Before leaving, Edwards-Helaire had nine carries for 27 yards and an impressive short-yardage touchdown along with one reception for four yards. More word on the exact extent of Edwards-Helaire's injury should become available tonight or tomorrow.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (collarbone) is officially questionable to return for the Chiefs.

Edwards-Helaire had a lot of weight put against his shoulder, and he was in obvious discomfort while heading to the locker room favoring his shoulder/arm. The second-year running back is presumably getting X-rays, so he and the Chiefs will be hoping for no break/fracture. We'll update you as more information becomes available on Edwards-Helaire's status.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) is being activated from injured reserve, according to NFL Network's James Palmer.

Edwards-Helaire will make his return on Sunday in a big game against the Cowboys, and while it will almost certainly be more of a split with Darrel Williams, the second-year back should be on the RB2 map the rest of the way. Those with Williams should be able to continue using him as a FLEX option based on how he's played as the starter.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) has been designated to return.

Edwards-Helaire has started practicing for the Chiefs, which activates his 21-day window during which he can practice while remaining on injured reserve. CEH has missed the past four games with his knee injury, but appears to be nearing a return.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered an MCL sprain.

Overall, this is good news for Edwards-Helaire, as at least it's not a season-ender. CEH is set to miss a few weeks with the MCL sprain, so expect him to be placed on injured reserve (forcing him to miss at least three games) soon. Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon will lead the Kansas City backfield while Edwards-Helaire is out.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire leaves game with apparent leg injury.

Edwards-Helaire had his leg twisted under him and was on the ground in obvious pain, slamming it with his fist. CEH was basically carried off the field by his teammates. Hopefully it's not too serious and Edwards-Helaire was more scared/upset by his leg getting twisted than anything, but the second-year running back's night might be over. Before leaving, he had seven carries for 13 yards and one reception for 11 yards against the Bills.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire participated in Chiefs walkthrough.

CEH's ankle is sore, but he appears to be OK after leaving the Chiefs' preseason game over the weekend. There doesn't appear to be any concern over Edwards-Helaire's Week 1 status, and he's handled most of the first-team snaps during his limited preseason action this summer.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire is dealing with an ankle sprain.

This explains why Edwards-Helaire played just half of the first drive during last night’s preseason game against the Cardinals. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says that the ankle is “tender” but it doesn’t appear to be a high-ankle sprain. Remember, CEH dealt with a high-ankle sprain as a rookie last season. He’ll undergo more testing to determine the severity of this injury.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) is officially active for the AFC Championship.

Edwards-Helaire still might not be quite at 100%, but he’s back in the lineup as expected with a Super Bowl trip on the line. If the rookie is feeling good and playing well, he should get a sizable workload against the Bills.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) is officially questionable for the AFC Championship.

Edwards-Helaire is expected to play for the Chiefs, but it's certainly not a lock given the questionable tag. If active, expect the rookie to have a big role as Kansas City looks to get to a second consecutive Super Bowl.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) has officially been ruled out for the Divisional Round.

The good news is Edwards-Helaire is said to be close to returning and will likely play in the AFC title game next Sunday if the Chiefs advance. Le’Veon Bell will lead the Kansas City backfield today versus Cleveland.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip/ankle) is officially questionable for the Divisional Round.

Edwards-Helaire was limited in practice throughout the week, so he should have a pretty good shot to play on Sunday. If CEH is out, Le'Veon Bell would be set to lead the Chiefs backfield against the Browns.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) was officially limited in today's practice.

Edwards-Helaire still isn't quite 100%, but a limited practice to start the week is a good sign ahead of the Divisional Round. The rookie runner was not placed on injured reserve when he suffered the ankle/hip injury toward the end of the season, indicating the Chiefs feel good about him getting back on the field soon.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip/ankle) is out for the regular season.

This isn't surprising after CEH was helped off the field yesterday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Edwards-Helaire will "have a shot for the playoffs depending on how he does in rehab." Edwards-Helaire's rookie season ends with 181 carries for 803 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns along with 36 receptions for 297 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. Edwards-Helaire might not have put up the monstrous fantasy numbers many expected him to as the lead back in Kansas City's offense, but he played well and would be a boost for the unit if he can get back for the postseason. For now, former All-Pro Le'Veon Bell will lead the Chiefs backfield.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire leaves game with apparent leg injury.

[UPDATE: It is a hip/leg injury for Edwards-Helaire.] Edwards-Helaire had his left leg rolled up on pretty badly, and he's being helped to the locker room without putting any pressure on his left leg. Hopefully this is just a situation where CEH where he got a bit scared that his leg bent so much, but more information on the impressive rookie running back's status should be available in the next day or so. Before leaving, Edwards-Helaire had 14 carries for 79 yards and one reception for four yards.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) is officially active for Sunday night.

Edwards-Helaire is dealing with a non-COVID related illness, so he’s able to play tonight against the Broncos. You’re probably getting the rookie back into Week 13 fantasy lineups if he’s on your roster, but there’s been talk that he might be limited tonight after dealing with the illness throughout the week.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) is questionable for Week 13.

The illness is not related to COVID-19, but Edwards-Helaire missed practice on Thursday and Friday, so it's certainly notable with the Chiefs not playing until Sunday night. Ideally, we will hear something by Sunday morning about CEH's status, but fantasy owners should be prepared to have a backup plan in case he's kept out; remember, there are two games on Monday and one on Tuesday this week.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) did not practice on Thursday.

Edwards-Helaire likely has a non-COVID illness that’s keeping him out based on the NFL’s protocols, so hopefully he ends up being fine and can suit up on Sunday night. Le’Veon Bell would obviously be a must-start if CEH doesn’t play this week.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Chiefs RB

The Chiefs have selected LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Edwards-Helaire is the first and only running back selected in the first round, as Andy Reid gets the top receiving back in the draft to add another dimension on offense. The LSU running back become a fan-favorite down the stretch for the national champion Tigers in 2019, as he's a shorter player that plays very tough and does not go down easily. Edwards-Helaire feels like a perfect fit in Andy Reid's offense, and he'll theoretically have 75-catch upside in Kansas City at some point. To start his career, Edwards-Helaire will split time with Damien Williams, and his progress as a pass blocker could dictate how much he hits the field in 2020. Our scouting report on Edwards-Helaire can be viewed in the link below.