The Kansas City Chiefs will be without running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire for at least the first portion of training camp.

That’s because Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs’ first-round draft selection (No. 32 overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft, was placed on the PUP list to start training camp.

It was a bit of a surprise to see Edwards-Helaire land on the PUP list, but according to 610 Sports Radio’s Bob Fescoe, there’s no reason to be concerned.

Lots of players land on the PUP list for various reasons early in training camp. It’s usually not a big deal until we get a couple of weeks out from the regular season. That’s when folks should start getting concerned.

Edwards-Helaire is hoping for a bounce-back season in 2022. He showed a lot of promise as a rookie in 2020, rushing for 803 yards and four touchdowns while catching 36 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown.

The former LSU star, however, struggled last season as he battled injuries (he missed seven games) while also recovering from offseason gallbladder surgery.

Edwards-Helaire’s gallbladder surgery is a small footnote for most observers, but that surgery was a driving factor in his down year last season.

The talented running back revealed earlier this offseason that he lost over 40 lbs after the surgery, getting down to 160 lbs.

That extreme weight loss took its toll on Edwards-Helaire. He wasn’t in his normal football shape to start the season, which likely led to the injuries he dealt with last year.

It’ll be a fresh start for Edwards-Helaire in 2022 — once he comes off the PUP list. He’s been forgotten by the national media after his lackluster 2021 season, but Edwards-Helaire still has the talent to be an important player for the Chiefs.

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