KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire gained nine yards on the first two carries of the second half, but he was driven down awkwardly onto his shoulder on the second carry.
Isaiahh Loudermilk landed on Edwards-Helaire, who left the game with a collarbone injury and is questionable to return, the Chiefs announced.
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is questionable to return with a collarbone injury. pic.twitter.com/122iV24ZV1— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 26, 2021
Kansas City, which later downgraded Edwards-Helaire to out for the remainder of the game, didn’t elaborate on the extent of the injury.
"We'll just see how bad it is tomorrow," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after Sunday's 36-10 victory.
X-rays were negative and Edwards-Helaire will have an MRI on Monday to examine the injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. But the initial report suggests it's not a broken clavicle, which would have sidelined Edwards-Helaire for four to six weeks.
X-Rays on the collarbone of #Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire were negative. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow to determine how serious it is.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2021
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill suffered a similar injury in the 2019 season-opener at Jacksonville. He missed the Chiefs’ next four games.
Edwards-Helaire missed the final two games of his rookie season in 2020 after suffering a groin injury in a Week 15 win at New Orleans.
He missed five games earlier this season with a knee injury, but Edwards-Helaire still led Kansas City with 517 yards rushing this season.
He’s also tied with Darrel Williams with a team-high four rushing scores on the season.
Williams entered the game as Kansas City's second-leading rusher with 112 carries for 398 yards. Derrick Gore also may be in line for more touches if Edwards-Helaire is out for an extended period.