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Clyde Edwards-Helaire OUT for Wild Card game vs. Steelers

We break down the news that Clyde Edwards-Helaire is dealing with a shoulder injury, and what it means for the Wild Card round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

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. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Friday PM update: Head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Friday that Edwards-Helaire wouldn’t play this week. That leaves Darrel Williams as the starting back again.

Friday update: It appears that Edwards-Helaire must have had some kind of setback, as he has yet to practice after getting in limited work on Wednesday, per Sam McDowell. Darrel Williams isn’t 100 percent either, but he has been getting in limited practices and could be set to lead the way on Sunday.

Thursday update: After practicing on Wednesday, Edwards-Helaire wasn’t spotted at practice on Thursday, per Sam McDowell. We’ll wait on the official injury report to be sure, but this appears to be a mid-week downgrade for the running back.

Wednesday update: Edwards-Helaire is practicing, although we won’t his workload until later in the day. Nevertheless, that’s a good sign for the second-year running back as he hopes to play against Pittsburgh.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday that second-year running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is making great progress, per Matt McMullen. Reid adds that he thinks they will be able to get a little work out of him this week, but they’ll see how the next couple of days go.

Fantasy football implications

Edwards-Helaire missed Saturday afternoon’s game against the Denver Broncos with a shoulder injury that he suffered back in Week 16. With CEH on the shelf, the Chiefs went with Darrel Williams as their starting running back. Williams had 17 yards on seven carries, along with three receptions (four targets) for 30 yards, before exiting the game with a toe injury.

Reid also gave an update on Williams’ injury, but it did not sound too optimistic for Sunday night’s Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If the Chiefs are without Edwards-Helaire and Williams, then it would be the Derrick Gore and Jerrick McKinnon show.