Chiefs designate RB Jerick McKinnon to return from injured reserve

The Kansas City Chiefs should have a key playmaker return to practice in Las Vegas as the team has opened the 21-day practice window for veteran running back Jerick McKinnon. The Chiefs’ regular third down running back has been out of action since taking his groin during the team’s Week 15 victory over the New England Patriots on December 17th.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the news on Saturday afternoon via social media. “A potential addition for the Super Bowl: Chiefs RB Jerick McKinnon has been designated to return off Injured Reserve.” posted Rapoport on ‘X..’ “His practice window is open.”

McKinnon was placed on Kansas City’s injured reserve list on Christmas Eve, less than 24 hours before their Week 16 matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has stepped in admirably since as the team’s weekly third-down running back.

McKinnon ended his 2023 regular season with 21 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown, with most of his production in the passing game consisting of 25 receptions for 192 yards and four touchdowns. He played in 12 games during the year due to the nagging injury. As his return to practice is positive news, it’s unclear whether or not one of Patrick Mahomes’ best red zone targets will be available for Super Bowl LVIII.

Story originally appeared on Chiefs Wire