Patrick Mahomes was injured during the Kansas City Chiefs’ division round win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs; Mahomes briefly left the game before returning in the second half, stating after the win that he was “ready to go” in Sunday’s AFC Championship game.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reed confirmed Monday that Patrick Mahomes is dealing with a high ankle sprain, but added that the quarterback intends to still play Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Despite an MRI scan confirming a high ankle sprain, Reid echoed Mahomes’ sentiments when addressing the media on Monday.
“He’s been working hard during his treatment and he’s doing just fine,” Reid said. “He told you guys. He mentioned to you that he was going to play. That’s his way of thinking.”
Reed said it’s still too early to tell if Mahomes will train with the team on Wednesday.
“In terms of reps, I need to see how he feels when we get ready for training,” he said. “We’re just going to do it day in and day out and see how he does it.”
As to whether Mahomes will be able to play against the Bengals this weekend without training first, Reed said: “I think so. He never did, so I don’t know. I don’t have an answer to that question for you.” ‘
Reid added that Mahomes’ ankle injury was “not as bad” as the one he suffered in the 2019 season opener against Jacksonville. He played against the Raiders the following week that season and threw for 443 yards and four touchdowns for the win.
It’s also not the first time Mahomes has had to deal with a major injury in the postseason, with the QB star suffering from a toe injury in the Chiefs’ divisional round win over the Cleveland Browns two years ago.
A week later, he completed 29 of 38 attempts to defeat the Buffalo Bills 38-24 in the AFC Championship Game, although he and the Chiefs lost to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV before undergoing toe surgery. .