Clyde Edwards-Helaire was forced to miss Chiefs practice on Thursday due to an illness.
The number of Kansas City Chiefs players who are missing practice due to an undisclosed illness is now up to two with news that running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was forced to sit out on Thursday. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who also sat out of practice on Wednesday, missed it again on Thursday.
At this point, nothing more is known about the status of Edwards-Helaire or Breeland for Sunday night’s game against the Denver Broncos but plenty of time remains before the teams have to play in primetime. The good news is that the illness clearly isn’t related to the COVID-19 pandemic or the team’s reserve list would be in use and discussions of quarantine would be lively.
The only other player to miss Thursday’s practice was linebacker Dorian O’Daniel, who also sat out Wednesday, with a sprained ankle stemming from last Sunday’s victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Edwards-Helaire is the team’s leading rusher through 11 games, and the rookie running back looks the part as a well-rounded addition to this offense after receiving high marks for his stock in the pre-draft season coming out of LSU. Edwards-Helaire has 151 carries for 692 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. He also has 30 catches for 234 receiving yards and an additional touchdown.
If Edwards-Helaire is somehow unable to play on Sunday, the Chiefs are certainly well-built to handle such a temporary loss with the presence of Le’Veon Bell to go with backups Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson.
The Broncos and Chiefs are scheduled to kick off at 7:20 p.m. C.T. on Sunday night.