Patrick Mahomes Damage Replace: Chiefs QB has a concussion, standing for the AFC Championship is unsure
The Chiefs must finish the Divisional Round without Patrick Mahomes.
The KC star was hit by Mack Wilson in the third quarter, and he was slow to bounce back from the hit. Mahomes would need help from teammates and Kansas City employees after the hit.
It’s hard to tell where exactly Mahomes was injured, but the Chiefs would rule Mahomes out with a concussion.
The good news is that Mahomes may be well suited for next week’s AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Head coach Andy Reid said after the game that Mahomes is fine and that he passed all preliminary tests.
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Andy Reid: (Mahomes) was hit in the back of the head. He’s fine right now. So that’s positive. He passed all the deals he had to close. “… Not exactly medical jargon, but the tone certainly seemed optimistic.
– Jeff Darlington (@ JeffDarlington) January 17, 2021
Mahomes still needs to pass the protocol during the week to qualify for Championship Sunday.
After the game, Wilson wished Mahomes well and the quarterback responded, showing no malice between the two players:
At first, Mahomes was slowly helped off the field by the chief’s medical staff, and he walked into the blue medical tent along the sidelines. Soon after, Mahomes was seen jogging into the locker room.
CBS’s Tracy Wolfson reports that Mahomes is currently going through a concussion protocol and the team would not be given an official designation until the interview was completed.
The Chiefs would confirm Wolfson’s first report:
QB Patrick Mahomes is being examined for a concussion.
– Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 17, 2021
Mahomes has admitted defeat in the game, with an injury to his left big toe early in the game showing that he was visibly limping as the game progressed.
Mahomes would be replaced by longtime NFL vet and backup quarterback Chad Henne, who would finish the ride and score a field goal to extend the lead to 22-10.