Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire missed practices on Thursday and Friday due to an illness, leading to a questionable game status ahead of the team’s matchup with the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid noted that Edwards-Helaire had the same stomach virus as cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who had missed practice earlier in the week.
“We think we’re going to get [Edwards-Helaire] back here,” said Reid. “I don’t think that’s a problem. He’s feeling better today, but we held him out.”
An update came through early Sunday from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
#Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, dealing with the flu (not COVID-19), was feeling much better late Saturday than he did all week, source said. The team is hopeful he can play today, but they want to see how he feels when he arrives at the stadium.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2020
Edwards-Helaire has 151 carries for 692 yards and four touchdowns so far in 2020. He also has 30 catches for 234 yards and a receiving touchdown. If he can’t go, the expectation is that veteran Le’Veon Bell would get the bulk of the work at running back, with Darrel Williams also a bit more in the mix.
On the other side, Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy are expected to play, per Rapoport.
#Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay is expected to play today despite a knee injury, source said, and the same goes for WR Jerry Jeudy (ankle) vs. the #Chiefs.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2020