Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was one of the team’s inactives for Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game against the visiting Cleveland Browns.
Edwards-Helaire is dealing with ankle and hip injuries and didn’t practice on Thursday and Friday. He missed the final two games of the regular season due to the injuries.
Edwards-Helaire led the Chiefs with 803 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns during the regular season.
Darrel Williams, who started, and Le’Veon Bell will receive the bulk of the workload in Edwards-Helaire’s absence.
Also inactive for the Chiefs due to injuries are receiver Sammy Watkins (calf), linebacker Willie Gay (ankle) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (foot/ankle). The team’s other inactives are offensive tackle Martinas Rankin, defensive tackle Khalen Saunders and defensive end Tim Ward.
The Browns listed four players as questionable for the game on Friday and are all active for Sunday’s game: right tackle Jack Conklin (hamstring/knee), linebacker B.J. Goodson (shoulder) and tight ends David Njoku (hamstring) and Stephen Carlson (groin).
Cleveland’s inactives are receivers Marvin Hall and Alexander Hollins, cornerback Brian Allen, safety Jovante Moffatt, defensive end Joe Jackson, tight end Kyle Markway and offensive tackle Alex Taylor.
–Field Level Media
Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is questionable for Sunday’s AFC divisional round playoff game against the Cleveland Browns despite missing practice for the second straight day.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced the playing statuses of Edwards-Helaire, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and linebacker Willie Gay on Friday. Watkins (calf) and Gay (ankle) were ruled out of Sunday’s home game.
Edwards-Helaire, who is nursing hip and ankle injuries, missed the final two games of the regular season.
Despite those absences, Edwards-Helaire recorded team-leading totals in carries (181), rushing yards (803) and rushing touchdowns (four). He also had 36 catches for 297 yards and a score since being selected by Kansas City with the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Running backs Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams would see an increase in snaps should Edwards-Helaire be limited or unable to play against Cleveland.
Bell rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns in nine games with the Chiefs, while Williams had 169 yards and one score in 16 games.
Demarcus Robinson likely will see more snaps in place of Watkins, who had 37 receptions for 421 yards and two touchdowns this season. Robinson had 45 catches for 466 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games in 2020.
The Browns listed four players as questionable: Offensive tackle Jack Conklin (hamstring/knee), linebacker B.J. Goodson (shoulder), tight end David Njoku (hamstring) and tight end Stephen Carlson (groin).
–Field Level Media
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill sat out Wednesday’s practice due to a hamstring injury, coach Andy Reid said.
Reid said Hill’s hamstring tightened up during the Week 15 game against the New Orleans Saints. Reid said Hill should be able to play against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
“We’re taking Tyreek day-by-day,” Reid told reporters. “His hamstring tightened up on him a bit during the game. I think he’s going to be fine I just want to make sure that thing gets a rest here today and then we’ll just see how it goes tomorrow.
“If he needs a rest tomorrow, we’ll rest him tomorrow. He went through the walkthrough and did all of that. I think he’s going to be OK.”
Hill has 83 receptions for 1,211 yards and has an NFL-best 15 touchdown receptions this season.
Hill was named a Pro Bowler for the fifth time earlier this week.
Reid said rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) wasn’t injured seriously in the game against New Orleans. Edwards-Helaire, who has rushed for 803 yards, isn’t expected to play in the team’s final two regular-season games.
“He’s working at it,” Reid said. “I mean, he’s ahead of schedule and that’s a good thing.”
Linebacker Damien Wilson (knee) also missed practice. He has sat out the past two games.
Right tackle Mike Remmers (back) was a full practice participant. He missed the game against the Saints.
Also, linebacker Anthony Hitchens was placed on the COVID-19 list on Tuesday and has a slight chance of being active on Sunday.
–Field Level Media