The Kansas City Chiefs just made a move that will force them to make about as tough a decision as they have had to make all year long.
On Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs placed Mecole Hardman on injured reserve, meaning he won’t play in the Super Bowl. But, that isn’t the move that will force them to make a tough decision.
Moving Hardman to IR means they could activate or bring up someone else, and they did just that. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was activated to the active roster after being on IR for quite some time.
The tough decision comes here. Since CEH has been out, rookie running back Isiah Pacheco has filled in for him and has over exceeded expectations. In fact, you could say he kind of stole CEH’s job.
The tough decision comes at if they will even use Edwards-Helaire, who is a former first-round pick by the organization. He is good, but the Chiefs already use two running backs a lot in Pacheco and McKinnon.
Adding in CEH to the rotation would make the former first-rounder barely seeing the field, then the draft decision looks a little worse than it did then.
So then comes the decision of do you take out the seventh-round rookie who has been the reason the run game has worked so well.
Do you replace him with McKinnon, the best pass-pro and pass-catching running back?
We have activated RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire from Reserve/Injured.
We have placed WR Mecole Hardman on Reserve/Injured. pic.twitter.com/guepFZndhI
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 6, 2023
This makes it a tough decision for sure. It will be interesting to see what the Chiefs do, and the effect and carry-over it could have into next season.