The Kansas City Chiefs have placed running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform list.
The Kansas City Chiefs have suffered a bit of a blow early in training camp to their offensive backfield with the news that running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been placed on the team’s Physically Unable to Play (PUP) list.
The nature of Edwards-Helaire’s injury is unknown, but the severity seems to be minor.
Edwards-Helaire becomes the sixth player to be placed on the PUP list to start training camp, joining offensive linemen Lucas Niang and Prince Tega Wanogho as well as cornerback Rashad Fenton and wide receiver Justyn Ross. Along with Edwards-Helaire, defensive tackle Cortez Broughton was also placed on the PUP list.
Ross was placed on injured reserve one day later, which officially ended his season.
The active/PUP list is different than the one upon which players can be placed for the regular season. At this point, Edwards-Helaire or Fenton, or any other player can be activated at any point, so any talk of missing games is premature at this point without further information from the team.
Edwards-Helaire came into this offseason healthy for the first time in his career, but injuries have plagued him since turning pro. Last year, a sprained MCL kept him out for several weeks and a bruised shoulder plagued in Week 16. Ankle and hip injuries cost him time in 2020, and an ankle injury kept him out for last year’s preseason. CEH also had gall bladder surgery last offseason after the team’s postseason run.
The team’s first-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, Edwards-Helaire missed three games in his first season and seven more last year. He had only 119 carries for 517 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2021.