Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is hurt but could be back for the playoffs, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport suggested in a new report on Monday morning.
#Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a hip and an ankle injury yesterday, but X-Rays were negative, per coach Andy Reid. They’ll know more after the MRI. The early expectation is CEH is done for the regular season with a chance to return for the playoffs, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 21, 2020
Rapoport provided an update on his earlier tweet on Monday afternoon, presumably after the running back’s MRI.
For #Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the high-ankle sprain will likely take more time to heal than the hip strain. The team is hopeful for a playoff return depending on his rehab, and the divisional round is about a month away. He has time.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 21, 2020
Edwards-Helaire left the Chiefs’ game with the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter due to an ugly injury. The running back was helped off the field while he did not appear to put any weight on his left leg. The Chiefs called it a leg and hip injury.
“Clyde got twisted up,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said after the game. “He had the splits. The X-rays were negative, but we will evaluate him as we go.”
Reid added that both of Edwards-Helaire’s legs were sore after the game. Le’Veon Bell, who replaced the rookie, also spoke to the media.
“When I seen the injury with Clyde, obviously, I was praying for the best,” said Bell. “It was an ugly way to get tackled... After the game, I came and talked to him. He’s in good spirits... I just kind of told him, ‘Good game. I’m glad you had the opportunity to play back at home.’ He was happy, still excited, in good spirits, so I think him getting worked back in and seeing where he goes with his injury, that’s up to him and the coaches, and we’ll see where we go from there.”
Edwards-Helaire (79) and Bell (62) combined for 141 rushing yards on the night. The Chiefs host the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium before turning their attention to the postseason.