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The Kansas City Chiefs had a welcome sight at Wednesday’s practice.

Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire returned to the field and was a limited participated. Coach Andy Reid said afterward that the rookie, who’s been sidelined for three weeks with hip and ankle injuries, is ahead of schedule.

“He just went right at it,” Reid said of CEH and his rehab. “Fearless with it.”

The Chiefs planned for Edwards-Helaire to return for the Divisional Round, so Wednesday’s news isn’t surprising. It’s noteworthy nonetheless as K.C. gears up to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill (hamstring) also participated. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf), linebacker Willie Gay (ankle) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (foot/ankle) did not practice. Reid said right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (back) won’t play this weekend.

Here are the other injuries and roster moves we’re monitoring Wednesday:

  • Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Jared Veldheer has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will not play Saturday against the Rams. Veldheer was officially signed by the Packers off the Colts practice squad on Tuesday. He had played last weekend for Indy and was set to play for Green Bay, but will be unable to now. Offensive lineman Rick Wagner (knee), linebacker Za’Darius Smith (ankle/thumb) and receiver Allen Lazard (core/wrist) were limited in practice.
  • Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald (ribs), who’s not expected to be involved much in practice this week, told reporters Wednesday he feels “no pain” ahead of Saturday’s game against the Packers. “I feel healthy,” Donald said, adding that he felt like he got the wind knocked out of him “The way I’m feeling right now, I’m not too worried about it… I feel good, I feel strong, and I’ll be ready come Saturday.” Donald did not participate in Wednesday’s practice, nor did quarterback John Wolford (neck) or receiver Cooper Kupp (knee). Offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth (knee) was limited and Jared Goff (thumb) was a full participant.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (finger/quad) didn’t practice Wednesday, but coach Bruce Arians said he’s improving and the hope is he will return Thursday. That would be a notable development before Sunday’s game versus the Saints. Edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) also did not practice, while cornerback Carlton Davis (groin) and wide receivers Mike Mike Evans (knee) and Chris Godwin (hip/quad) were limited.
  • New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead (elbow), tight end Jared Cook (back) and defensive end Trey Hendrickson (neck) were limited Wednesday. Quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) and running back Latavius Murray (quad) did not practice. Murray is considered day-to-day and his status is best described as up in the air, Rapoport reported. Receiver Tre’Quan Smith was designated for return, but remains on injured reserve, per the transaction wire.

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