Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes injured the big toe on his left foot after the Chiefs’ second touchdown Sunday. That led to him needing to be looked at in the blue medical tent in between series.
Mahomes left the field in pain following the Chiefs’ second touchdown and hustled over to the trainer’s table. The Chiefs’ medical staff took the shoe off of his left foot and examined his big toe. However, they didn’t spend too much time looking at it and he was back up and walking around on the sidelines shortly after.
Mahomes was able to go back into the game and in the first few plays, it seemed like everything was fine. Meanwhile, as the drive went on, it was easy to tell that Mahomes wasn’t 100 percent and was definitely laboring through some pain.
But the good news for Kansas City is that they don’t expect his toe injury to affect him.
“Yeah, I think he’ll be OK there for right now with the toe part,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, via Charles Goldman of The Chiefs Wire. “I think we’ll be alright there.”
The team will release practice reports on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Those will provide an indication of where Mahomes is as the Chiefs try to win a second consecutive Super Bowl.
Concussion May Keep Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Out
The bad news for Kansas City is the uncertainty regarding the status of their franchise quarterback for the AFC Championship Game.
The Chiefs’ quarterback hit his helmet on the ground after being awkwardly wrapped up by Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson. The play came on third-and-1 with 7:44 left in the third quarter. Subsequently, Mahomes struggled to get to his feet and was clearly dazed. He had to be helped to the medical tent on the sideline before making his way to the locker room for further evaluation.
Mahomes was eventually ruled out and replaced by backup quarterback Chad Henne. Nonetheless, the Chiefs were able to hold on to beat the Browns 22-17.
Andy Reid confirmed on Monday that Patrick Mahomes has entered the NFL’s concussion protocol. His status is currently up in the air for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills.
Reid would not confirm if Mahomes got a formal concussion diagnosis. However, he did indicate that his quarterback will have to receive clearance from an independent neurologist before he can return.
After the game, Reid made note that Mahomes was hit in the back of the head.
“Because of the protocol, it’s a no brainer from coaching staff,” Reid said Monday. “You don’t think about it. Make sure you have an answer for if he’s there or not there.”
Kansas City will be hosting the conference title game for the third consecutive year. Meanwhile, Buffalo is appearing in their first AFC Championship Game since the 1993 season.