KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs working again Clyde Edwards-Helaire practiced Wednesday for the primary time since getting damage towards New Orleans in Week 15, elevating hopes the first-round decide can play within the divisional spherical of the playoffs towards Cleveland on Sunday.
Edwards-Helaire had been out with a high-ankle sprain, inflicting him to overlook the Chiefs’ closing two regular-season video games. He additionally missed a recreation earlier within the season however nonetheless completed fourth amongst rookies with 1,100 yards from scrimmage.
“Usually the trainers have a fairly good really feel for what you are able to do and might’t do and also you shock your self, however this child went proper at it. He was fearless with it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid stated. “And as I end result, I might inform you he’s in all probability just a little forward, and we’re going to guage it. We’re not going to do something to jeopardize him or his profession.”
The one gamers to overlook observe Wednesday have been large receiver Sammy Watkins, who missed the ultimate recreation of the regular-season with a calf harm; rookie linebacker Willie Homosexual Jr., who has been coping with an ankle harm; and cornerback Rashad Fenton, who damage each of his ankles within the Chiefs’ meaningless Week 17 loss to the Chargers.
Meaning large receiver Tyreek Hill and linebacker Ben Niemann have been again from hamstring accidents that hobbled them late within the season, together with linebacker Anthony Hitchens (COVID-19) and offensive sort out Mike Remmers (again).
Hill first tweaked his hamstring towards the Saints on Dec. 20, the identical recreation through which Edwards-Helaire obtained damage. However he was in a position to play the next week towards Atlanta, when the Chiefs clinched the AFC’s prime seed and lone first-round bye, earlier than becoming a member of Patrick Mahomes and a handful of different starters in getting the regular-season finale off.
“Proper now I’m doing nice,” stated Hill, who obtained the go-ahead from Chiefs trainers to work out along with his private coach, Luther Glover, at his facility within the Kansas Metropolis suburb of Lenexa. “I really feel like our medical group right here does an incredible job of permitting us to go work out with our off-field trainers, so I had an opportunity to work out with Luther, go to his different place and get some work exterior the ability. So I’m feeling good. I’m prepared.”
The absence of Hitchens and Niemann left the Chiefs with simply two wholesome linebackers late within the season, whereas the harm to Remmers compelled them to make use of yet one more mixed-up model of their most popular offensive line.
Now, they’re again together with Edwards-Helaire and fellow working again Le’Veon Bell, who was coping with some nagging accidents of his personal and suited up however didn’t play within the Chiefs’ regular-season finale towards Los Angeles.
Meaning the Chiefs are the healthiest they’ve been in months as they start their postseason push.
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