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How to handle Clyde Edwards-Helaire injury in the 2021 NFL Playoffs

Clyde Edwards-Helaire is on the Chiefs final injury report for the Divisional round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

Sportsbook Plays to consider for CLE at KC

Pre-game warmups: Edwards-Helaire will NOT play on Sunday, per Adam Schefter.

Game day update: Edwards-Helaire “has an uphill battle to play” on Sunday, per Ian Rapoport. It would take some unexpected improvement for him to play.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire hasn’t been on the field since Week 15 after suffering a high-ankle sprain and a hip injury in that game. He was able to practice on Wednesday, but the team held him out on Thursday and Friday this week, leaving his status for Sunday’s game against the Browns up in the air. He’s officially listed as questionable.

Fantasy impact: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle)

This one will probably come down to a game-time decision, which doesn’t make things any easier for fantasy football decisions. If Edwards-Helaire can’t play this week, the Chiefs would likely use Darrel Williams and Le’Veon Bell to handle the work out of the backfield.

Back in Week 16, Williams had an edge over Bell in touches, getting 14 total to just eight for Bell. He’d be the better choice in fantasy if CEH cannot play this weekend. However, the fantasy appeal for either player is limited by the Chiefs offense which leans heavily on Patrick Mahomes’ arm, for obvious reasons.