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Chiefs Place Running Back On Injured Reserve Ahead Of Week 12

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No JuJu Smith-Schuster, no Mecole Hardman...and now, no Clyde Edwards-Helaire. 

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced Wednesday that the team's backfield had taken a sizable hit, as Edwards-Helaire was placed on injured reserve due to a high ankle sprain. The former LSU Tiger will miss at least four games. 

In the immediate aftermath of Edwards-Helaire's injury, when it wasn't yet apparent that an IR stint was coming, Reid's comments gave a grim prognosis. 

"He's a tough kid, but that doesn't look good," said Reid. "High ankle sprains aren't the best. We'll see how he does."

We couldn't put it any better: High ankle sprains are indeed "not the best" for running backs. Edwards-Helaire has been closely involved with the Chiefs attack on the ground and in the air, but now Reid will have to get creative in filling this void. Prior to Edwards-Helaire's injury, the third-year running back had rushed for three touchdowns and received three as well from Patrick Mahomes. 

While the Chiefs could always opt to bolster their running back depth with an external acquisition- names such as Melvin Gordon are currently available- the team isn't exactly bereft of depth. Rutgers product Isiah Pacheco has put together a nice rookie campaign, appearing in all 10 of the Chiefs' games and rushing for double-digit yards on five occasions. 

Veterans Jerick McKinnon and Ronald Jones are also available to help hold down the fort, if Reid feels his current options are sufficient.