Lucas Niang, Clyde Edwards-Helaire Confirmed Out For Week 18

Lucas Niang and Clyde Edwards-Helaire have been confirmed out for Week 18 against the Denver Broncos.

The Chiefs’ Thursday injury report has been released. With that said, six players land on the Chiefs’ list; furthermore, two key offensive players have been confirmed out of this last regular-season game against the Broncos. Right tackle Lucas Niang and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire have been confirmed out for Week 18. The others on the injury reports include left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. (calf), middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens (knee), cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (knee), and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (shoulder) are rearing to go in this intense rivalry.

Now, these are some rough absences for the Chiefs’ offense. This is Helaire’s second straight week out, and it seems as though Niang won’t be back in for a bit with his torn patella tendon in his left knee. How do we react to these players being out?

The Rushing Attack Has Nothing To Fear

The Chiefs will remain adamant in their rushing attack. With Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore backing him up, the offense will look as good as ever. Last week, Williams and Gore had 125 rushing yards combined (Williams: 88, Gore: 37) against the Bengals on 17 carries. When Helaire went out against the Steelers, both Williams and Helaire had solid games, totaling 95 yards on the ground combined.

Furthermore, with the interior Chiefs’ offensive line as strong as ever and with Brown’s return, the Chiefs’ run blocking will be strong as ever. The Broncos’ defense ranks 14th in rushing yards allowed per game (109.8), which means that both Gore and Williams could pull off good games against Denver and breach 100+ yards rushing again combined.

Chiefs’ Offensive Line Will Still Hold Strong

Yes, Niang being out does hurt the Chiefs’ pass blocking; nevertheless, they will still hold firm. Last week when Niang and Brown were both out, the Chiefs didn’t allow Mahomes to be sacked once the whole game. Continuing on, the Chiefs’ passing and rushing attack were both solid, even though they fizzled out in the second half like usual.

Yes, the Broncos’ defensive line is solid, with Bradley Chubb leading the charge. But that doesn’t mean the Chiefs are out for the camp. Niang being out is a minor setback, and the Chiefs’ coaching staff has already made adjustments to make sure Niang’s absence doesn’t hinder them.

How do you believe the Chiefs will fare with Niang and Helaire out for Week 18? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion.

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