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Darrel Williams will play in Wild Card round, while Clyde Edwards-Helaire won’t

We break down the news that Darrel Williams is dealing with a toe injury, and what it means for the Wild Card round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams (31) carries the ball during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Friday PM update: Williams is listed as questionable on the final injury report, but all indications point to him playing.

Friday update: Williams was able to practice this week and appears ready to go this week, per his head coach. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is out, so Williams will lead the way against the Steelers.

Thursday update: Williams was once again at practice on Thursday, per Sam McDowell. He was limited on Wednesday and could be limited again on Thursday, but getting the work in is a good sign, especially considering Clyde Edwards-Helaire wasn’t spotted at practice on Thursday.

Wednesday update: Chiefs running back Darrell Williams was practicing on Wednesday, per Herbie Teope. This is a good sign for his possible availability this weekend.

The Kansas City Chiefs are banged up in their running back room, but are hoping to get back near 100% for the 2022 NFL Playoffs. Backup Darrel Williams injured his toe on Saturday against the Denver Broncos and is dealing with soreness on Monday, per head coach Andy Reid. This comes as the Chiefs are still waiting to see what they can get from starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire this week.

Edwards-Helaire sat out the past two weeks, and Williams’ injury in Week 18 led to an extensive committee approach. Patrick Mahomes ended up leading the team with nine carries for 54 yards. Williams and Derrick Gore each had seven carries and Jerrick McKinnon added five.

Fantasy football implications

If healthy, Williams is the starter if Edwards-Helaire can’t go. Gore and McKinnon would get work as well, but Williams would get the bulk of it. If Edwards-Helaire is able to return, Williams is the clear No. 2 at that point. He’d get work, but not enough to make him a strong fantasy option.