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Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffers ankle injury in Week 2 preseason game

The Chiefs running back reportedly avoided a high-ankle sprain.

Kansas City Chiefs v Arizona Cardinals
Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of the NFL preseason game at State Farm Stadium on August 20, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Chiefs defeated the Cardinals 17-10.
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Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire left Friday’s preseason contest against the Arizona Cardinals with an ankle injury. Head coach Andy Reid said the injury does not appear to be serious, but Edwards-Helaire will get a second look. He added it doesn’t look like a high-ankle sprain.

Reports suggest the running back has a sprain on the inside of his ankle, leading to concerns he could miss significant time. Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon are in line to see more carries if Edwards-Helaire misses games. The Chiefs have also deployed Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman out of the backfield, so Kansas City has options.

Edwards-Helaire was solid in his rookie season, going for 803 yards and four touchdowns. He got the opportunity after RB Damien Williams, Kansas City’s top option, opted out of the season due to COVID concerns. Edwards-Helaire was expected to take on a bigger role this year, even with Kansas City’s pass-heavy offense.