Patrick Mahomes injury update: Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, Mahomes delivers the latest

The Kansas City Chiefs won their Divisional Round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday afternoon despite an injury to quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Midway through the first quarter, Mahomes’ right ankle was bent sideways between two Jaguars players.

Mahomes initially stayed in the game before going off and going to the locker room for X-rays.

“It was hard to get him out of the game in the first place,” head coach Andy Reid recalled. “He wanted to fight, so we took him out, went to x-ray, x-rayed, looked at, recorded. He came back, and he said he felt well enough to be protected, where he won’t get hurt. That is of course the most important thing.”

While backup Chad Henne orchestrated a key touchdown drive to extend the Chiefs’ lead to 17–7, the Chiefs’ athletic training staff tested to ensure Mahomes could resume play. As Reid pointed out, those tests apparently happened against the quarterback’s will.

“I didn’t want X-rays or anything,” Mahomes said. “I just wanted to keep playing. I said I’d do it at half-time. Coach – in my best interest – he let me go back and get that x-ray before he put me back in the game. For a while I thought that I could play through it—and then he said, “I’m not putting you back in, so you might as well get the X-ray. If it’s negative, I’ll put you back in.”

“I ran back, got the x-ray and was able to finish the game.”

Mahomes admitted that he was quite nervous, and he turned to prayer as he went through the X-rays. Meanwhile, Henne completed the half when the athletic training staff confirmed his tests came back negative. NFL Networks Ian Rapoport later reported not a fracture but a high ankle sprain. ESPNs Adam Schefter added Mahomes would soon undergo an MRI.

Mahomes got back into the game in the third quarter. Reid explained that he didn’t feel comfortable until he knew Mahomes could put weight on an ankle that wasn’t broken.

“You felt like his mobility was good enough to do that,” Reid said. “We did a few little things with him on the sidelines to see where he was at. [We] put him in and it was short leash. If I felt he couldn’t handle it, he would have been gone – and back in Henne [would go].”

Mahomes was 10 of 15 for 111 yards in the second half and finished 22 of 30 for 195 yards and two touchdowns on the day.

“There were a few throws here and there (in the second half) where I was trying to plant that foot off, and it didn’t let me plant like I usually do — and so I didn’t make a few throws,” Mahomes said. “I told the coach I still wanted to throw it downfield and so we could make some pitches there after the first few drives, and I think he got a little bit of confidence that I could protect myself. Kudos to our defense, who kept us in that game – especially at the beginning of that second half when I wasn’t able to get things going, they kept us in that game, made some big plays at the end and we were able to score enough points to to win.

Mahomes felt good enough on the ankle to throw a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling to help win the game.

“I went down because I jumped a little bit and landed on the same ankle, but I had to find a way to get the ball into the end zone, and Marquez was there and I had to make the throw,” he said. “He stepped up and made a big move there at the end of the game to win the game.”

About 45 minutes after the final whistle, Mahomes reported feeling well.

“It feels better than I thought it would be right now,” Mahomes said. “Obviously I have a lot of adrenaline right now, so we’ll see how it feels. But I’ll jump straight into treatment tonight and try to do everything I can to be as close to 100% as possible next week. Luckily for us, we played the early game on Saturday, so we get an extra half day for me to rest.

While Reid knows Mahomes doesn’t want to miss a single moment, the Chiefs plan to take the injury day by day.

“I don’t want to jump on things right now,” Reid said. “Let’s see how things go here in the next few days. It will be painful, I know. Let’s see where he is. He’s had this before and he was able to persevere – actually against Jacksonville a few years ago. Same type of deal. He pushed through that. The most important thing is that it is as safe as on a football field. That is the most important.”

Reid referenced the Chiefs’ Super Bowl season when Mahomes played an ankle problem he suffered in Week 1. The quarterback didn’t really rest the ankle until a mid-season knee injury cost him two games.

Naturally, Kansas City went on to take the Lombardi trophy.

“I’m not coming out of a playoff game unless they take me out, so I’m just going to play,” said Mahomes. “I love this sport too much. I love this game. I love playing with my teammates and enjoying it together. We prepare all year to be in the playoffs and to play in these games. I’m glad I was able to get back into the game. It’s something – I just love participating in this sport and pain is pain. You’re going to have to deal with it no matter what.”

“He’s a tough kid,” Reid added. “He wanted to be there. He wanted to participate. And that’s a credit to him and his competitiveness. However, you have to make sure he’s okay, physically okay where he can protect himself, and if he can’t, can “he’s not playing. You have to go with the next one. He’s a tough nut. And when I say he’s competitive, he’s very competitive.”

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