The Kansas City Chiefs have moved a step closer toward contending for the Super Bowl after inching past the Cleveland Browns. It wasn’t all smooth for the Chiefs as star quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a head injury that landed him in the concussion protocol. With the concerns around Mahomes‘ health, the Chiefs have quickly provided an encouraging update on the situation.
Patrick Mahomes suffers head injury against Browns
After edging out the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs have secured their third straight berth to the AFC Championship game.
However, it came with a bit of a scare as star quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a head injury that put him immediately in the concussion protocol. The injury occurred in the third quarter after a tackle from behind to the ground on a third-down option keeper.
Following the play, Mahomes stood up wobbly and required help off the field. After being assessed on the sidelines in the blue medical tent, he jogged to the locker room, where the team ruled him out for the rest of the game.
Backup Chad Henne managed the offense in his place as he completed 6-of-8 passes for 66 yards with an interception. The Chiefs defense held up their end by preventing the Browns from putting together a late scoring drive.
Henne sealed the win by getting a pair of first downs to run out the clock. After the game, all the attention centered on Mahomes’ health, which the Chiefs have quickly addressed with an update.
Andy Reid provides update on Patrick Mahomes’ health
With the Chiefs back in the AFC title game, the focus this week will be around Patrick Mahomes’ availability.
Following Sunday’s game, head coach Andy Reid voiced optimism concerning Mahomes’ health status, according to Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports.
“He got hit in the back of the head and kind of knocked the wind out of him,” Reid said. “He’s doing great right now, which is a real positive, passed all the deals that he needed to pass so we’ll see where it goes from here.
Although it’s too quickly to assess the situation entirely, the fact that Mahomes is already feeling well is encouraging. The next few days will be crucial as he will need to move through the concussion protocol process.
If he clears that hurdle, he will gain medical clearance to play in the AFC Championship game. That said, if Mahomes can’t clear the protocol, the team will roll with Chad Henne against the Buffalo Bills.
For the time being, things are starting on the right path toward seeing Mahomes in action next Sunday with a Super Bowl berth on the line.
Star quarterback also echoes encouraging message
There are many steps ahead for Patrick Mahomes to go through before receiving clearance to play next Sunday.
However, the positive feedback was also shared by Mahomes through social media. The reigning Super Bowl MVP quickly responded via Twitter to Browns linebacker Mack Wilson, who tackled him on the play that gave him a concussion. He voiced a simple but positive message regarding the situation.
Beyond that, it shows tremendous sportsmanship from Wilson to personally reach to Mahomes to give him well wishes.
There will be more clarity on this front in the coming days as the 25-year-old moves through the concussion protocol.