In the days leading up to the AFC championship game, there are questions concerning Patrick Mahomes’ availability. The Kansas City Chiefs‘ star quarterback is working through the concussion protocol due to a head injury. It has seen some negative chatter directed toward his fiance Brittany Matthews, who has quickly responded to the noise.
Patrick Mahomes suffers a head injury against the Browns
The Kansas City Chiefs moved a step closer to contending for the Super Bowl after topping the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round.
However, the win came with some concern as star quarterback Patrick Mahome exited the game in the third quarter due to a head injury. Mahomes endured a tough tackle by Browns linebacker Mack Wilson that caused him to miss the rest of the contest.
Wilson came under fire for the hit, which he defended himself via social media. The reigning Super Bowl MVP cooled the flames with supportive comments.
Although backup Chad Henne right the ship offensively under center and the Chiefs defense held its own, the overwhelming concern remains on the 25-year-old. There is some lingering doubt, given that the situation requires him to go through the concussions protocol.
With that came some unkind and unwarranted behavior over social media directed toward Mahomes’ fiancé Brittany Matthews.
Patrick Mahomes’ fiance Brittany Matthews responds to social media post mocking her
Since Patrick Mahomes’ quick rise to stardom, it has placed tremendous scrutiny on his life on and off the field.
A considerable part of his personal life surrounds his relationship with his fiance Brittany Matthews. Mahomes and Matthews became engaged after receiving the Super Bowl 54 rings before the 2020 season. That has sometimes guided some mean-spirited social media chatter over the last few months.
It has become the case as Barstool Sports attempted to poke fun at Matthews by showing her social media videos of her yelling. These instances involved her being at playoff games enjoying Mahomes and the Chiefs’ success last postseason.
The dialogue didn’t take long for Matthews to respond via Twitter, voicing that she loves Chiefs Kingdom. It’s a minor situation, but there is a clear understanding that the franchise fan base is extremely supportive of her.
Remains on track for a return
All the social media chatter aside, the focus remains on Patrick Mahomes’ health as the AFC title game matchup against the Buffalo Bills nears closer.
As expected, Mahomes continues to move through the concussion protocol with relative ease. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise after head coach Andy Reid initially voiced this week that the 25-year-old’s injury was more related to his neck than head.
Mahomes has also continued to work through the concussion protocol with increased involvement in practice. He returned to the practice field on Thursday as reporters saw him go through the session wearing a helmet. It comes a day after there was some question about his status as the Chiefs changed his listing from full to limited participation on Wednesday.
Nonetheless, back-to-back days of on-field work is a promising sign for Mahomes’ outlook for Sunday’s contest. All the indications point to him gathering clearance from the concussion protocol in the next couple of days.
The AFC title game is a rematch from a Week 6 meeting this season that saw the Chiefs win 26-17, with Mahomes completing 21-of-26 passes for 225 yards with two touchdowns. Things can certainly be much different the second time around, with Josh Allen’s continued promising play.
Sunday’s matchup should be quite entertaining, with a Super Bowl berth hanging in the balance.