Sunday, January 16, 2022

Chiefs decide on Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams

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This week saw a major injury update for the Kansas City Chiefs and that was the possible return of running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Unfortunately for Kansas City, they appear to have to wait at least another week to get the starting ball carrier back on the lineup. hit reporter Herbie Teope tweeted that head coach Andy Reid said, “RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) is listed as out for Sunday’s game against Steelers.”

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A contingent from Chiefs Kingdom seems to have gotten mad at CEH, but whether he’s turned into a disappointment or not, offense seems to work better with him in the mix. Coach Reid generally asks the former first-round pick to win the dismal yards, and even if he doesn’t light up the stat sheet, he serves a necessary purpose for this unit.

For example, KC has won the last five games Edwards-Helaire has played, and outside of Week 15 against the Los Angeles Chargers, they’ve easily done so. These points were:

The last result on the list should take center stage for obvious reasons. CEH did get a quick touchdown against Pittsburgh, but otherwise wasn’t very effective at 3.0 yards per carry on nine tries. He also caught a pass for four yards.

With Edwards-Helaire, however, Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore seemed to have more success in this game as they combined 98 rushing yards. The two backups also had a great performance against the Raiders in Week 14 and Williams was outstanding against the Broncos the week before.

For some reason this group seems to work best together. Neither of these defenders can really handle the workhorse role, and the constant rotation does wonders for their game.

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Teope followed Edwards-Helaire’s announcement with one positive update on the aforementioned Williams and superstar Tyreek Hill. Per Reid: “[Hill] and [Williams] will play Sunday night unless something happens.”

This final decision came with a small caveat, but as expected, CEH should be the only chief absent from wildcard weekend.

With the running back out, both Williams and (of course) Hill will be huge additions to Patrick Mahomes and this offense.

Around the same time, on Jan. 14, NFL Insider Field Yates also tweeted: “Steelers RB Najee Harris (Elbow) trained fully today and is officially doubtful about playing the Chiefs on Sunday.”

Based on his full practice, it seems the talented rookie is leaning towards facing KC. Harris started all 17 games in 2021, so it would stand to reason that this Steelers offense wouldn’t be the same without him.

The dual-threat totaled 381 touches and 1,667 scrimmage yards with a total of 10 touchdowns and 84 first downs during his inaugural campaign.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster won’t be found on the injury report, but he should also be considered a contender for round one of the NFL playoffs.

The dual-threat totaled 381 touches and 1,667 scrimmage yards with a total of 10 touchdowns and 84 first downs during his inaugural campaign.

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