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Clyde Edwards-Helaire downgraded to OUT for Week 17

Chiefs RB is out for Week 17, Darrel Williams to take the lead.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) celebrates as he runs for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday update: Edwards-Helaire has been officially downgraded to out with a shoulder injury. Jerrick McKinnon is being elevated from I.R. and will play, but Darrel Williams will get the lead work while McKinnon and Derrick Gore grab work behind him.

Friday update: Edward-Helaire didn’t practice again on Friday, but is listed as questionable with his shoulder injury. He has a slim chance to play, but expect Darrel Williams to lead the backfield.

Thursday update: It’s fairly settled Edwards-Helaire will not play this week. He was a DNP for a second straight day.

Wednesday update: As expected, Edwards-Helaire was not practicing on Wednesday, per Matt Derrick. The team will want to get him fully healed up for the playoffs and backup Darrel Williams has proven he can carry the load.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was forced from their Week 16 game against the Steelers with a collarbone/shoulder injury. The good news is that an MRI revealed no structural damage, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. There was swelling, but Rapoport says the Chiefs’ back should return “shortly.”

How long “shortly” is, is up for interpretation, but another report has him “week-to-week” with a bruised shoulder, per ESPN’s Ada Schefter. If that report holds true, Edwards Helaire will miss Week 17 against the Bengals. That would push Darrel Williams to the forefront once again, while Derrick Gore would see a bump in work.

Fantasy football implications

Williams has shown that he can be a good source for fantasy points and would become a near must-start as long as Edwards-Helaire is out. Williams has shown a nose for the end zone lately, as he has four touchdowns over the last six games.