Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is heading to the blue tent for the second time today. First with an ankle injury. Now it appears he may have a possible concussion.
After being looked at in the blue tent on the sidelines, Mahomes would eventually be able to run to the locker room for further evaluation.
It was a sight no Kansas City fan wants to see: Patrick Mahomes hit hard and stumbling, unable to stand on his own. The play came in the 3rd quarter after Mahomes landed on his head in Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round playoff game between his Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns.
Mahomes was scrambling out of the pocket to his right and was hit hard by Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson. It appears that Wilson may have gotten his arms wrapped up around Mahomes’ neck area and the two came to the ground awkwardly. Mahomes then could be trying to stand on his own, however, his knees were buckling and he needed some help from his teammates. The Chiefs training staff immediately made their way onto the field to look at the star quarterback.
As of just now, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Mahomes is, in fact, out for the rest of the game with a concussion.
NFL Media and Players React to Patrick Mahomes Concussion
Some of the biggest NFL analysts and personalities in sports media reacted quickly to the frightening play. That also includes ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. He took to Twitter to express his concern for Mahomes.
“Holy S$&@! @PatrickMahomes is concussed. He’s heading to the locker room,” Stephen A. wrote on Twitter. “The @Chiefs could be in some real trouble here. Looks like @bakermayfield & the @Browns may get the chance they are looking for! Stay Tuned”
Former NFL player, and current NFL Network and CBS analyst Brian Baldinger said what we were all thinking.
“The Eyes says it all. Mahomes. Yikes,” he wrote. It was clear that as Patrick Mahomes tried standing up after the hit that he was completely dazed.
Baldinger is also well-known for his NFL series on Twitter, “Baldy’s Breakdowns.”
Former NFL cornerback Eric Crocker offered his thoughts on the play as well, saying he didn’t think Mahomes hit his head.
“It didn’t look like Mahomes head hit the ground unless I missed it,” Crocker posted.
Fox Sports’ Undisputed co-host Shannon Sharpe blamed Chiefs head coach Andy Reid for calling a play that could potentially lead to a Mahomes injury.
“That’s Andy’s fault putting his qb in harms way,” Sharpe wrote on Twitter.
Patrick Mahomes was 21-30 for 255 yards and a touchdown pass prior to his concussion diagnosis. He also had a rushing touchdown. Conversely, backup quarterback Chad Henne came in for the Chiefs.
A recent Cleveland Browns touchdown now has them down only five points, 17-22 with just under 10 minutes left in the game.