The Kansas City Chiefs will find their backfield returning to full strength sometime soon with the sighting of Clyde Edwards-Helaire back in practice. The running back has been sitting out since being injured in Week 5 in a loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Edwards-Helaire was placed on injured reserve following the game, which opened up his roster spot for Derrick Gore to take his place and provide some depth and reps in his absence. He was forced to miss at least three games after being placed on IR, but he ended up sitting out four games but looks like he’s on the mend and could play in the team’s upcoming tilt against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday Night Football in Week 10.
Edwards-Helaire’s MCL sprain has allowed Darrel Williams to take over the lead back duties with Jerick McKinnon providing tandem reps as Gore has subbed in from time to time. The Chiefs have run the ball more in that time, and the team has won three of their last four games as Edwards-Helaire has been out of the lineup, but his top speed and agility should be a difference-maker as he rejoins the offense.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire has returned to practice for the Chiefs.
The return of Edwards-Helaire is going to make for some interesting roster decisions given that Gore has looked solid when given chances and the Chiefs obviously like Williams and McKinnon as well. Will general manager Brett Veach decide to keep four backs on the roster or will Gore head back to the practice squad? Only time will tell.
Edwards-Helaire was the Chiefs’ first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and he had 803 yards rushing last season in 13 starts. This season, he has 65 carries for 304 yards in five games thus far with a 4.7 yards/carry average.