Chiefs catch a break with Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s knee injury
The Kansas City Chiefs suffered another tough loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night, but they received news that they had not lost running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the season after it was revealed the second-year back suffered just an MCL sprain. The injury looked bad when it happened, so the Chiefs receiving word that they could have their starting running back back within ‘a few weeks’ is extremely positive news. Edwards-Helaire missed part of last season with injury as well.
#Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered an MCL sprain and is out for a few weeks, sources say. While he’ll miss time, not quite as bad as it appeared last night.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2021
The Chiefs are out to a 2-3 start in 2021, their worst start to a season in the Patrick Mahomes era. Darrell Williams will likely get the majority of the snaps at running back for Kansas City while Edwards-Helaire is out with the injury, though Jerick McKinnon may get some action, especially in the passing game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 304 rushing yards this season to go with 61 receiving yards. He has eight receptions, two going for touchdowns, his only touchdowns in five games this season.
Losing Edwards-Helaire to injury for a few weeks stings, but the Chiefs rely far more on their passing attack obviously, and will need to make sure that is rolling at a high-level even more so now that they are down their starting running back. Mahomes has already tied his career high for interceptions for a season with six, and the Chiefs are at risk of slipping out of the division race as the Los Angeles Chargers moved to 4-1 on Sunday. Kansas City will look to get back in the win column in a road game vs. the Washington Football Team in Week 6.