Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip/ankle) could return for playoffs

The Kansas City Chiefs' run game took a hit Sunday afternoon as Clyde Edwards-Helaire was bent backwards late in the fourth quarter of their 32-29 win over the New Orleans Saints. The early expectation is that he's out for at least the remainder of the regular season.

Further tests confirmed the rookie running back sustained hip and ankle injuries that will leave him with a shot of returning for the playoffs depending on how well his rehab goes, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Rapoport added that it's believed the high-ankle sprain will take longer to heal than the hip injury.

Given the awkwardness in which CEH landed, with his left leg caught underneath him as he hit the ground, the potential for a postseason return is the best news possible at this point.

In the meantime, Le'Veon Bell looks to be in line to see a bigger load the final two weeks of the season as the Chiefs seek to secure the top seed in the AFC. Earning the conference's only playoff bye would give CEH another week to get healthy before the postseason begins in K.C.

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