Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Monday that quarterback Patrick Mahomes is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, per NFL Network’s James Palmer. The high-ankle sprain had been reported, but Reid confirmed it. Usually, a player with a high-ankle sprain will miss around 4 weeks, but Mahomes has already told reporters that he will play against the Bengals.
Mahomes played on the injury against the Jaguars last weekend and still played well, but there is no doubt he had to compensate for his injury while on the field. A one-legged Mahomes is better than most the quarterbacks in the league, but maybe not better than Joe Burrow.
Patrick Mahomes injury updates
Friday, Jan. 27 update — Mahomes is off the injury report and a full go for the AFC Championship vs. the Bengals.
Patrick Mahomes was able to practice in full again on Thursday and appears to be ready to go for the Championship game. There’s no way he’s truly 100%, but he’ll be able to go and it appears he won’t be as limited as you’d expect for someone with a high-ankle sprain.
Thursday, Jan. 26 update — Patrick Mahomes was once again practicing on Thursday and NFL Network’s James Palmer believes he looked more comfortable than Wednesday.
Thursday, Jan. 26 update — Patrick Mahomes practiced in full on Wednesday and says it went better than he expected, per Matt McMullen. He will practice again on Thursday, and should get another full practice in.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 update — Patrick Mahomes will practice today after going through the morning walkthrough, per NFL Network’s James Palmer. It is hard not to have skepticism about anyone playing through a high-ankle sprain, but the team sure is making it appear that Mahomes is doing well.
Monday, Jan. 23 update — Patrick Mahomes is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, but says he will play through the injury and start against the Bengals in the Championship game.
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The Chiefs will need Mahomes to be mobile enough to protect himself and plant to throw. Andy Reid did say that this ankle injury is probably not as serious as the one he suffered to start the 2019 season, and Mahomes was able to play through that one, per Sam McDowell. As long as he plays, we know how great a quarterback he is and it will be hard to fade him. But, we can lower our expectations a bit.