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Nov 8, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) warms up before a game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs news: Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire missed practice on Thursday due to an illness, potentially putting his availability for Week 11 in jeopardy.

Amid COVID-19 outbreaks across the NFL, with every team launching into ‘intensive protocol’ this week, Kansas City’s star rookie running back wasn’t at practice on Thursday.

Chiefs news: Kansas City RBs Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams miss practice

With a majority of the Las Vegas Raiders’ starting defense on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Kansas City had to practice without its electrifying running back on Thursday. In addition, backup running back Darrel Williams also was absent from practice.

The illness designation is a bit concerning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, even more so since Williams was absent for the same reason. It could easily be precautionary by the Chiefs, but the NFL’s enhanced safety protocols and the pandemic are a reason for concern.

Under the league’s guidelines, any player who tests positive for the coronavirus misses at least a week. However, high-risk close contacts are also forced to land on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If Edwards-Helaire were to land on the reserve list, with five days required of negative COVID-19 tests for clearance to return, he would miss Week 11.

With the Chiefs set to face the Raiders on Sunday Night Football, Edwards-Helaire’s absence would be a big blow for Kansas City.

Facing the only team that defeated them this season, a loss would put the Chiefs two games back of the Pittsburgh Steelers for the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Additionally, it would give Las Vegas the tiebreaker over Kansas City and the Raiders would be just one game back in the AFC West.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick