Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) remained limited at practice Thursday. Meanwhile, Le'Veon Bell (knee) didn't practice Thursday, which sets the stage for Friday's session to be pivotal with regard to the official status -- heading into Championship weekend -- of two key members of the Kansas City's backfield. At present, Darrel Williams is the team's top healthy running back option. Edwards-Helaire -- who led the Chiefs with 803 rushing yards in 13 regular-season outings -- last saw game action Week 15.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Edwards-Helaire was also a limited participant last Wednesday, before downgrading to no participation Thursday and Friday and then being inactive for the Chiefs' divisional-round win over the Browns. He'll likely follow a different routine this week, as Adam Schefter of ESPN suggested the rookie running back was gearing up to play Sunday against the Bills for the first time since Week 15. Coach Andy Reid mentioned Thursday's practice as being especially important to evaluate the team's injured players.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) returned to practice Wednesday, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports. He'll likely be listed as a limited participant in practice in what marks his first involvement of any kind since last Wednesday. The rookie running back hasn't played in a game since suffering a high-ankle sprain Week 15, but a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN last weekend suggested Edwards-Helaire was on track to return for the AFC Championship Game if the Chiefs beat Cleveland in the divisional round. Speaking to the media Wednesday, head coach Andy Reid said Thursday's practice will be the most important one for the Chiefs to evaluate their injured players before Sunday's showdown with the Bills.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Browns, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports. As reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN earlier Sunday, Edwards-Helaire isn't ready to return from the left ankle sprain and left hip strain that he suffered Week 15. With the rookie first-rounder out of the lineup, Le'Veon Bell is in line to head the Chiefs backfield in their playoff opener. Behind Bell, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson are next up for touches at running back.
Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Edwards-Helaire sat out the final two games of the regular season due to a sprained left ankle and a strained left hip, and even with a bye week, the rookie first-rounder isn't slated to suit up in the Chiefs' playoff opener. With Edwards-Helaire likely on the sideline Sunday, Kansas City will turn to Le'Veon Bell to lead the backfield, with Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson in reserve.
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