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Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire practicing, expected to play Sunday

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1/13/2021 12:54:28 PM
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Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was practicing during the open portion of the team's practice on Wednesday according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic.

CEH has not played since suffering both hip and ankle injuries in the Week 15 win over the Saints and it is not yet known if his participation on Wednesday will be labeled limitied on full.  The Chiefs have said all along that the rookie would likely be ready for their Divisional Round playoff game and, barring setbacks, he should be on the field against the Cleveland Browns even with only a few days of limited practice.

A first-round pick out of LSU, Edwards-Helaire started his rookie season like gangbusters with 25 carries for 138 yards in the season opener against the Houston Texans.  It was not clear at the time that the Texans had possibly the worst run defense in the NFL and the rookie topped 100 yards rushing only one other time this season.  The midseason signing of Le'Veon Bell cut into his workload but CEH still put up respectable stats in 2020 with 803 rushing yards, 297 receiving yards, and five touchdowns in 13 games.  We would expect to see him operate as the 1A in a committee with Bell and veteran Darrel Williams Sunday against the Browns.   If CEH ends up not being active, second-year back Darwin Thompson could see some playing time coming off his impressive showing in Week 17.


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