Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire will not play in the team’s Wild Card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Edwards-Helaire has been bothered by a shoulder injury. He did not practice on Thursday after being limited in practice on Wednesday. Kansas City has not yet released its final injury report for the week.
He should be expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by Darrel Williams, who was also bothered by injury this week. Williams was limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday by a toe injury.
Edwards-Helaire missed each of Kansas City’s final two games after being injured against the Steelers in Week 16. He finished the regular season with 517 yards on 119 carries over 10 starts. He also caught 19 passes for 129 yards and scored six total touchdowns.
Williams started only seven games, but out-touched Edwards-Helaire, getting 144 carries for 558 yards. Edwards-Helaire was the better player on a yards-per-carry bass, 4.3 to 3.9. Williams was far more prolific out of the backfield, though, catching 47 passes for 452 yards.
If both backs are unable to play, Derrick Gore and Jerrick McKinnon are the other two rushers on the Kansas City roster.