Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire active vs. Bills

Field Level Media

January 24, 2021 at 10:59 pm.

Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is active for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the visiting Buffalo Bills.

However, running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Sammy Watkins will not play against the Bills, as they are inactive, along with offensive lineman Yasir Durant, linebacker Willie Gay, cornerback BoPete Keyes, defensive tackle Khalen Saunders and defensive end Tim Ward.

Edwards-Helaire is dealing with an injured ankle that forced him to miss the final two games of the regular season as well as Kansas City’s 22-17 divisional round victory over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.

Darrel Williams led the Chiefs by rushing 13 times for 78 yards against the Browns.

Edwards-Helaire, 21, has team-leading totals in carries (181), rushing yards (803) and rushing touchdowns (four) since being selected by Kansas City with the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He also has 36 catches for 297 yards and a score. He rushed for 161 yards on 26 carries in a 26-17 win over the Bills in Week 6.

Bell rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns in nine games with the Chiefs.

Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman likely will see more snaps in place of Watkins, who had 37 receptions for 421 yards and two touchdowns this season. Hardman had four catches for 58 yards versus Cleveland while Robinson had one reception for 14 yards.

Meanwhile for the Bills, wide receiver Gabriel Davis and defensive tackle Vernon Butler are both active.

The Bills’ inactive include: receiver Kenny Stills, quarterback Jake Fromm, tight end Tyler Kroft, offensive lineman Jordan Devey, defensive end Trent Murphy, cornerback Dane Jackson and linebacker Tyrel Dodson.