On Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs received good news on running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Edwards-Helaire has some swelling of his injured shoulder, but there is no structural damage.
Some good news following tests: There is swelling, but no structural damage and the injury is not season-ending, source said. Clyde Edwards-Helaire should return shortly. https://t.co/drc1S8QNvI— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2021
Rapoport added that Edwards-Helaire should return "shortly," but it remains unclear if that means Edwards-Helaire will miss the Chiefs' upcoming game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted that expecting him back so soon would be “challenging,” as he is considered “week to week.”
Chiefs’ RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is now considered week-to-week with a bruised shoulder, per a league source. It will be challenging for Edwards-Helaire to play Sunday vs. Cincinnati but the fact that it is on the table is a win for CEH and the Chiefs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 27, 2021
In the meantime, the Chiefs currently have two other running backs on the 53-man roster in backup Darrel Williams and third-string back Derrick Gore. Williams and Gore combined for 189 all-purpose yards in the Chiefs' 36-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Chiefs also have former 2017 sixth-rounder Elijah McGuire on their practice squad, and veteran Jerick McKinnon is eligible to return from injured reserve.
"We'll kind of figure that out [Monday]," said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid prior to Edwards-Helaire's test results becoming public. "McKinnon is in a pretty good position physically, so we'll just see how he does and then we'll see where Clyde's at after we get some of these reports back. We'll go from there and I'll get with (general manager) [Brett] Veach and (vice president of sports medicine and performance Rick [Burkholder] and the docs later."
In 10 games this season, Edwards-Helaire has 119 rushing attempts for 517 yards and four touchdowns, adding 19 receptions for 129 yards and two scores through the air. On Sunday, he scored the first touchdown in the Chiefs' win over the Steelers.