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Good news Kansas City Chiefs fans, Patrick Mahomes has been cleared to get back on the field.
At a press conference on Friday, the quarterback said that he was out of concussion protocol and would face off against the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's AFC Championship.
"There's been a bunch of testing, a bunch of different things to make sure that I'm good to go and there's no lingering effects or anything like that,'' Mahomes told reporters. "You want to be out there but you have to go through the protocol and you have to do everything the right way. You have to look at it long-term as much as you look at it short-term.''
"Talking to all of the doctors and going through all of the testing, we have the belief that I'll have no lingering effects and I'll be able to go out there and be who I am,'' he added, according to ESPN. "Luckily enough, I haven't had any symptoms and I'm able to play.''
Mahomes previously joined his team for practices in a limited capacity on Wednesday and Thursday before clearing concussion protocol.
Patrick Mahomes: "Everything has looked well and I'm out of concussion protocol now."
Take a sigh of relief Chiefs fans QB1 is back under center pic.twitter.com/G2SHpzEsfd
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 22, 2021
During last week's divisional-round playoff game, Mahomes struggled to stand on his feet after Cleveland Browns' Mack Wilson tackled him to the ground. The athlete was helped off the field before he made his way to the locker room.
Chiefs backup quarterback Chad Henne replaced Mahomes for the remainder of the game, helping lead the team to a 22-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
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Although Mahomes may have been out of the game, after the team's big win he shared a message for fans, writing, "#HenneThingIsPossible," — a clear reference to Henne's performance.
He also responded to a message from Wilson, who expressed hope that the start athlete would be back on the field "next week."
"All good brother!" Mahomes replied.
After it was announced that Mahomes had cleared concussion protocol, Wilson also shared a supportive message online, writing, "Prayer has been answered."
Mahomes' pregnant fiancée Brittany Matthews also shared an update during the game, thanking fans for their well wishes.
"I'm fine, Patricks fine, thanks for all the prayers!" she tweeted. "WE STILL GOT A GAME TO WIN LETS GOOOOOO!!!"
The Kansas City team will face off against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game on Jan. 24.