Report: Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire 'Should Return Shortly' After Collarbone Injury

Adam WellsDecember 26, 2021

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire avoided a season-ending collarbone injury and "should return shortly," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Adam Schefter of ESPN also reported Edwards-Helaire is "week-to-week," and he noted "it will be challenging" for the running back to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rapoport noted Edwards-Helaire did not suffer structural damage but does have swelling after exiting Sunday's 36-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He finished the day with nine carries for 27 yards and a touchdown, adding one reception for four yards.

A first-round draft pick (No. 32 overall) by the Chiefs in 2020, Edwards-Helaire hasn't made the impact that was expected given his lofty status. He had a solid rookie season with 1,100 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns in 13 games.

The LSU product had his best stretch this season in Weeks 3-4 when he posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and had a receiving touchdown in both contests.

Just as he was building momentum, though, Edwards-Helaire suffered a knee injury in the Chiefs' Week 5 loss to the Buffalo Bills and landed on injured reserve. He missed five games before being activated prior to Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys.

He entered Sunday with 615 scrimmage yards and five total touchdowns.

Until Edwards-Helaire can return, look for Darrel Williams to step in as Kansas City's No. 1 running back and Derrick Gore to see an uptick in utilization.