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Andy Reid is ‘optimistic’ Clyde Edwards-Helaire will play in Week 13

The Chiefs hope Edwards-Helaire can be ready for Sunday’s game with the Broncos.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball in the first quarter during their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Friday PM update: Edwards-Helaire is listed as questionable on the final injury report.

Friday PM update: Coach Andy Reid is optimistic that Edwards-Helaire will play Sunday, per Sam McDowell.

Friday update: Edwards-Helaire missed his second practice in a row due to illness, per The Athletic’s Nate Taylor. His final status for their game with the Broncos will come out later, but we’d expect he’ll be listed as questionable and look to be feeling better for Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire wasn’t able to practice on Thursday due to an illness, per ESPN’s Adam Teicher. Edwards-Helaire was also held out with an illness on Thursday exactly two weeks ago. Probably no correlation there except to say that he played that week and was fine.

As long as Edwards-Helaire returns to practice on Friday, this becomes a non-story. Unfortunately his usage is the fantasy story we probably need to worry most about. Over the last three weeks, Edwards-Helaire has 35 touches for 11.7 per game while Le’Veon Bell and Darrell Williams have 24 touches for an average of eight per game. That is not what you want to see for the rookie as you head into the fantasy playoffs.

If Edwards-Helaire were to miss this week, Bell would likely share work with Williams, but has been clearly ahead of him of late. Bell would quickly become a must start if that were to happen.