Three KC Chiefs players fans might not see again in 2022
By Jacob Milham
Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire
This is not the first time running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has dealt with the injury bug. But something just feels final about his latest trip to injured reserve.
Chiefs Kingdom has been torn about Edwards-Helaire since his sophomore season. The former first-round pick has not lived up to his draft billing but has been an okay running back when healthy. Note the emphasis on “when healthy.” He has played in 20 games over the past two seasons, with a litany of appearances on Kansas City’s injury reports in that same span.
Even when healthy, Edward-Hélène’s production has been replaceable. He only has two games this season with more than 50 rushing yards, compared to five games with less than 20 rushing yards per game. He lacks consistent production, even considering Reid’s offensive scheme. That is why fans have clamored for running backs with more explosive potential, like veteran Jerick McKinnon and rookie Isiah Pacheco. Those two have stepped up for the Chiefs’ offense, while Ronald Jones also made his debut in Week 12.
The earliest Edwards-Helaire can return to action is in Week 16. But his high ankle sprain injury can be a nagging one for any NFL player. If he is not close to 100%, the Chiefs have no need to rush him back. Edwards-Helaire is just not an important player in this offense anymore. If another running back goes down, then Edwards-Helaire could make a postseason appearance. But his return this postseason is far from a sure thing.