Nov 20, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (10) runs the ball during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco ruled out vs. Bills

Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco has been ruled out for Sunday’s game versus the visiting Buffalo Bills due to a shoulder injury.

Pacheco is third in the AFC and fifth in the NFL in rushing with 779 yards. He also has 33 receptions for 209 yards and seven total touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving) for the Chiefs (8-4).

Pacheco had 18 carries for 110 yards at Green Bay last week, playing through the shoulder contusion suffered during the game.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon are expected to step up in the absence of Pacheco.

Coach Andy Reid told reporters that he wouldn’t dismiss a trip to injured reserve for either Pacheco or safety Bryan Cook, who was ruled out for Sunday’s game versus the Bills (6-6).

“Both of them are kind of being evaluated right now, so I’m not going to say anything on that,” Reid said. “But we have to see on that.”

Left tackle Donovan Smith (neck) and linebacker Drue Tranquill (concussion) also will not play on Sunday, Reid said.

Wanya Morris is expected to start in Smith’s absence.

Edwards-Helaire has 140 rushing yards this season. He was Kansas City’s top rusher against Buffalo last season with nine carries for 33 yards.

McKinnon is expected to return from a two-game absence due to a groin injury. He has 19 catches for 155 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 30 rushing yards on the season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) runs with the ball during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs activate RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire from IR

The Kansas City Chiefs on Monday activated running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire from injured reserve, swapping places onto the active roster with wide receiver Mecole Hardman.

Hardman will miss the Super Bowl, as expected, with his own ongoing injury issues. Edwards-Helaire will be active for the first time since Week 11, when he sustained a high-ankle sprain against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Edwards-Helaire will rejoin the backfield of Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon, both of whom have picked up the slack in his absence. McKinnon has nine receiving touchdowns out of the backfield this season, eight in Edwards-Helaire’s absence.

Pacheco led the Chiefs in rushing, with 830 yards during the regular season to go with five TDs.

Pacheco is listed as the No. 1 RB with Edwards-Helaire No. 2.

Edwards-Helaire rushed for 302 yards and three TDs before the injury. He also caught 17 passes for 151 yards and three TDs.

Hardman missed the second half of the regular season with a pelvis injury and was brought back in time for the AFC Championship Game. He was able to play just 15 offensive snaps before aggravating the injury.

The Chiefs play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in Super Bowl LVII at Glendale, Ariz.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire returns to practice

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire took a positive step forward in his bid to return for this weekend’s AFC divisional-round clash against the visiting Buffalo Bills.

Edwards-Helaire was listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. A shoulder injury has sidelined Edwards-Helaire for the team’s final two games of the regular season and last week’s wild-card victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“He moved around well. We’ll see how he does tomorrow as we go forward,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.

Edwards-Helaire, 22, rushed for 517 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games this season.

Edwards-Helaire has rushed for 1,320 yards and eight touchdowns in 23 career games. He also has 55 career receptions for 426 yards and three more scores since being selected by the Chiefs with the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill (heel) and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (knees) were listed as full participants on Wednesday, however running back Darrel Williams (toe) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (back) did not practice.

–Field Level Media

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill to play vs. Steelers, Clyde Edwards-Helaire out

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Darrel Williams are expected to play in Sunday night’s AFC wild-card game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Andy Reid announced.

Hill, who is nursing a heel injury, followed up a limited practice on Thursday by participating in Friday’s session.

Williams was limited in the first two practices this week before participating on Friday. He has been hampered by an ailing toe.

While Hill and Williams are trending in the right direction, Reid announced running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Edwards-Helaire did not practice for the second straight day on Friday while nursing a shoulder injury. The second-year running back missed the final two games of the season after first sustaining the injury in Kansas City’s 36-10 romp over Pittsburgh on Dec. 26.

Williams started Weeks 17 and 18 in place of Edwards-Helaire (517 rushing yards), with Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon providing depth.

Williams, 26, finished with 1,010 scrimmage yards (558 rushing, 452 receiving) and eight total touchdowns (six rushing, two receiving) in 17 games (seven starts) this season.

Hill, 27, finished the season third in the NFL with 111 catches for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns. He earned his sixth career Pro Bowl berth.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs with the ball against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson (55) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tyreek Hill downgraded

Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire both suffered setbacks Thursday ahead of the Chiefs’ wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hill (heel) was limited in Thursday’s practice after being a full participant Wednesday. Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) did not participate after being limited Wednesday.

Edwards-Helaire missed the final two games of the season after first suffering the injury in Week 16, also against the Steelers.

“Clyde is going to do everything he can to be out there this weekend and we will let the people take care of what they need to take care of,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said Thursday.

Chiefs leading rusher Darrel Williams (toe) was able to practice, albeit limited, for the second consecutive day. Williams started Weeks 17 and 18 in place of Edwards-Helaire. Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon provide depth.

Williams finished with 1,010 scrimmage yards and eight total touchdowns on the season in 17 games (seven starts).

Hill finished the season third in the NFL with 111 catches for 1,239 yards (seventh-best) and nine TDs.

The Chiefs host the Steelers on Sunday night. Kansas City won the first matchup 36-10 on Dec. 26.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire ruled out vs. Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the host Cincinnati Bengals.

Edwards-Helaire, who was listed as questionable with a collarbone injury, did not travel with the team to Cincinnati on Saturday.

Running back Jerick McKinnon was added to the 53-man roster for the Chiefs (11-4), who have won eight in a row.

Edwards-Helaire was injured in the third quarter of Kansas City’s 36-10 romp over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday.

The 22-year-old Edwards-Helaire leads the team with 517 rushing yards this season. His four rushing touchdowns are tied with Darrel Williams for the club lead.

Edwards-Helaire has rushed for 1,320 yards and eight touchdowns in 23 career games. He also has 55 career receptions for 426 yards and three more scores since being selected by the Chiefs with the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

McKinnon, 29, has seven carries for 38 rushing yards and 10 catches for 81 yards this season.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) runs for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs RB Edwards-Helaire (collarbone) out vs. Steelers

Kansas City running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire departed Sunday’s home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter with a collarbone injury.

Edwards-Helaire, who scored a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter, was designated as out for the remainder of the game. He departed shortly before the Chiefs took a 30-0 lead on a touchdown drive that came when the Edwards-Helaire’s injury occurred.

Edwards-Helaire came in as the Chiefs’ leading rusher as part of their balanced ground attack. He gained 27 yards on nine carries before leaving Sunday to give him 517 rushing yards on the season with four TDs.

In two seasons with the Chiefs, the 32nd overall selection in the 2020 draft, has rushed for 1,320 yards and eight TDs, with 55 career receptions for 426 yards and three more TDs.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) hands off to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs put RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on IR

The Kansas City Chiefs put running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on injured reserve Tuesday with a sprained MCL in his knee.

The move was expected for Edwards-Helaire, who likely will be sidelined for a few weeks. He’ll have to miss at least three games by virtue of the move.

Edwards-Helaire exited Sunday night’s 38-20 home loss to the Buffalo Bills in the third quarter after being tackled at the end of an 11-yard reception.

Teammates helped him off the field and he was taken to the locker room, where he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game.

Edwards-Helaire, 22, finished the game with seven carries for 13 yards and the one reception. In five starts this year, he has rushed for 304 yards and no touchdowns and has eight receptions for 61 yards and two scores.

A first-round pick in 2020 out of LSU, Edwards-Helaire gained 1,100 yards from scrimmage (803 rushing, 297 receiving) and scored five TDs (four rushing, one receiving) in 13 games as a rookie.

Darrel Williams would be in line for more carries on Sunday when the Chiefs (2-3) visit the Washington Football Team (2-3).

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) hands off to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire has MCL sprain

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be sidelined for a few weeks with an MCL sprain, NFL Network reported Monday.

He exited Sunday night’s 38-20 home loss to the Buffalo Bills in the third quarter after being tackled at the end of an 11-yard reception, with his leg bending awkwardly.

Teammates helped him off the field and he was taken to the locker room, where he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game.

Edwards-Helaire, 22, finished the game with seven carries for 13 yards and the one reception. In five starts this year, he has rushed for 304 yards and no touchdowns and has eight receptions for 61 yards and two scores.

A first-round pick in 2020 out of LSU, Edwards-Helaire gained 1,100 yards from scrimmage and scored five TDs in 13 games as a rookie.

Darrel Williams would be in line for more carries next Sunday when the Chiefs (2-3) visit the Washington Football Team (2-3).

–Field Level Media