Oct 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles safety Marcus Epps (22) tackles Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals RBs James Conner ailing, Darrel Williams out

The Arizona Cardinals running back corps is looking more like a proverbial M*A*S*H unit heading into Week 6.

The status of starter James Conner (rib) is unclear as the practice week begins while third-string RB Darrel Williams already has been ruled out for this week with a knee sprain.

Only Eno Benjamin and fourth-stringer Keaontay Ingram are healthy heading into Sunday’s divisional contest against the Seahawks in Seattle.

The club signed running backs Ty’Son Williams and Corey Clement to the practice squad this week.

Further, RB Jonathan Ward, who had only played on special teams so far this season, is heading for injured reserve with a hamstring injury, according to NFL Network.

Conner suffered his injury last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. He rushed nine times for 55 yards but played just 24 snaps. He leads the Cardinals with 200 yards rushing on the season. He’s considered day-to-day and his status will become clearer later in the week.

Williams was limited to eight offensive snaps vs. the Eagles, rushing three times for nine yards.

Benjamin played 37 snaps and carried the ball eight times for 25 yards and a touchdown. He has 136 yards rushing on the season.

The Cardinals (2-3) will hold a walkthrough on Wednesday instead of a full practice ahead of the game against the Seahawks (2-3).

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (22) brings down Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams (31) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cardinals sign RB Darrel Williams

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a contract with free agent running back Darrel Williams, the Schultz Report reported Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not reported.

Williams, 27, played the past four seasons in Kansas City after playing at LSU. Last season, on a one-year, $1.6-million deal with the Chiefs, he rushed for 558 yards and six touchdowns in 17 games (seven starts). He also caught 47 passes for 452 yards and two TDs out of the backfield.

He gained 912 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns in 51 career games (seven starts) for the Chiefs, plus a Super Bowl ring. He also has 83 career receptions for 762 yards and four TDs.

At Arizona, Williams takes the spot of Chase Edmonds, who left the Cardinals in free agency for Miami. The Cardinals also have rookie Keaontay Ingram, whom they selected in the sixth round of last month’s draft.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) leaves the field after the win over the Las Vegas Raiders at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu to play vs. Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs star safety Tyrann Mathieu was removed from the injury report and will play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.

Mathieu was listed as questionable on Friday, five days after sustaining a concussion in the team’s divisional-round victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Mathieu was a full practice participant on Thursday and Friday.

Mathieu, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, had 76 tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 16 of the team’s 17 regular-season games this season.

The Chiefs also listed running back Darrel Williams (toe) as questionable on Friday. Williams missed the Buffalo game after being hurt the previous week in the wild-card round against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Williams was a limited practice participant on Friday.

Williams rushed for 558 yards and six touchdowns and caught 47 passes for 452 yards and two scores in 17 regular-season games.

As for the Bengals, defensive tackle Josh Tupou (knee) was listed as questionable on Friday after missing both his team’s first two playoff games. He was a limited practice participant for the third straight day.

Receiver Stanley Morgan (hamstring) and defensive end Cam Sample (groin) are both doubtful for the contest. Both players missed practice on Friday.

–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

2. Chiefs (2): WR Tyreek Hill's 110 receptions are a single-season team record. His 11.2 yards per catch are his lowest -- by 3.5 yards -- since he became a starter in 2017. Despite Sunday's stumble in Cincinnati, no one is going to want to see Hill or Kansas City once the playoffs start.

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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