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Chiefs place RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire on injured reserve after suffering knee injury in Week 5 loss to Bills

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The Chiefs have placed starting running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on injured reserve, meaning the former first-round pick will at least miss Kansas City’s next three games. As CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported Monday, Edwards-Helaire suffered a sprained knee in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills that will sideline him for the next few weeks with a possible return at some point next month. With that type of recovery timetable, placing him on IR was a logical step. 

Specifically, Edwards-Helaire suffered the injury on a third-quarter carry and needed assistance getting to the sideline before eventually departing for the locker room and later being ruled out. While the injury was not as serious as it initially looked in the moment Sunday night, it will still keep him sidelined for the next few weeks. 

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From here, the Chiefs have Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon as the notable in-house options out of the backfield. Against Buffalo, Williams carried the ball five times for 27 yards while catching three of his five targets for 18 yards. McKinnon secured both of his targets for 13 yards. On top of those options, the Chiefs could look to add depth to their backfield via a trade. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Kansas City has “looked into” trading for Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack

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Along with placing Edwards-Helaire on IR, the Chiefs announced they’ve waived receiver Daurice Fountain and activated running back Derrick Gore and tackle Prince Tega Wanogho from the practice squad.

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