Maybe Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is superhuman after all. Mahomes is planning to throw in practice Wednesday despite suffering a dislocated kneecap during Thursday’s game, says Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
Mahomes left Thursday’s 30-6 win over the Denver Broncos in the second quarter after injuring his knee on a QB sneak. A member of the Chiefs’ medical staff was seen popping Mahomes’ kneecap back into place on the broadcast. Mahomes needed assistance when walking off the field.
An MRI confirmed the injury, and reports suggested Mahomes would miss three weeks. That was considered a “best-case scenario” for the Chiefs.
Mahomes is looking to beat that projection. The quarterback has apparently looked good enough that Reid was not willing to put a timetable on Mahomes’ return Monday, according to Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor.
“I don’t think you can put a timeline on this thing,” Reid told reporters. “I think you just go off how he feels, and what the doctors say. I know people want a time. I don’t think you can do that with this injury.”
While the reigning MVP makes the Chiefs a much more threatening team, there’s no reason for the team to rush Mahomes back from the injury. At 5-2, the Chiefs are in good shape in the AFC West. The Oakland Raiders sit at second in the division at 3-3. Both the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers are 2-5. The Chiefs could wait a few weeks to see what happens before putting Mahomes back out there.
A healthy Mahomes makes the Chiefs one of the most dangerous teams in the AFC, and a Super Bowl contender. Rushing Mahomes back too soon could have catastrophic consequences that set the Chiefs back multiple years instead of just a few weeks.
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