During last night’s press conference, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid didn’t seem very worried about Edwards-Helaire’s status moving forward.
“Clyde hurt his right ankle early,” Reid said. “He’s got a slight sprain on the inside of his ankle. They’re gonna check it tomorrow. It doesn’t look like a high-ankle sprain so that’s always a good thing, but they’ll double check it.”
There’s no timetable for Edwards-Helaire’s return at this time. It’s fair to assume that he’ll sit out Kansas City’s preseason finale.
Chiefs’ RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire sprained his right ankle last night. “They got to check it (today), do what they do there,” said Andy Reid. “It’s tender now. It doesn’t look like a high-ankle sprain. That’s always a good thing. They’ll double-check it.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2021
In 13 games last season, Edwards-Helaire had 803 rushing yards, 297 receiving yards and five total touchdowns. He missed some time late in the year due to a hip injury.
Edwards-Helaire is expected to take that next step this season, especially since he spent this offseason developing his skills as a pass catcher.
“Working on my hands and catching,” Edwards-Helaire said when asked what he’s working on this offseason. “I wouldn’t say it was a problem last year, but just understanding our offense – we move the ball around and we spread the field – so why not work on something that I feel like I can improve on? That was one of my steps as far as improvement goes.”
The Chiefs are going to need Edwards-Helaire at 100 percent if they’re going to be at their best this season.
If Edwards-Helaire isn’t healthy enough to suit up for Week 1, Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon would have to split carries.
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