Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire could be out for a while after suffering a high ankle sprain and strained hip injuries during Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints.
The rookie was forced off the pitch late in the fourth quarter after sustaining the injuries when he was caught under a pile of Saints defenders during a first and goal attempt with 5:49 left in the game.
He was bent backward while being tackled after a 4-yard carry.
He received light treatment on the field before being helped too to the locker room. Before leaving the game Edwards-Helaire ran 14 times for 79 yards.
Edwards-Helaire X-Rays Negative Says, Coach
Head coach Andy Reid said X-rays were negative but it is still unclear how much time the star running back will have to miss.
“So, as far as injuries go, Clyde (Edwards-Helaire) got twisted up into the splits,” Reid said. “Right now, the X-rays are negative, but we’ll just evaluate him as we go.”
“Well, he got stretched,” Reid added. “I think you kind of saw that, where he did the splits.
“His leg is sore, both legs are kind of sore. He’s going in evaluation right now, he already got the X-rays done and those were negative.”
Le’Veon Bell, who signed with Kansas City earlier this year as the back up running back, is now expected to carry the bulk of the workload for the remainder of the regular season. On Sunday Bell had carries 15 for 62 yards and scored a 12-yard touchdown.
Kansas City held on for a close 32-29 victory on Sunday with Patrick Mahomes throwing for three touchdowns in helping the Chiefs matched the best 14-game start by a defending Super Bowl champion.