Heading into this week’s AFC Championship game showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals, the health of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is, without doubt, the biggest storyline surrounding the matchup. And on Wednesday afternoon, Kansas City got some good news on that front.
According to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter of ESPN, Andy Reid told reporters that Patrick Mahomes is expected to practice on Wednesday.
Chiefs’ HC Andy Reid told reporters that Patrick Mahomes will practice today. “He did the walkthrough this morning and he'll practice this afternoon,” Reid said.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 25, 2023
“Chiefs’ HC Andy Reid told reporters that Patrick Mahomes will practice today. ‘He did the walkthrough this morning and he’ll practice this afternoon,’ Reid said,” Schefter reported in a tweet.
Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain during the division round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mahomes did return to last week’s game even despite the injury and everyone seems to expect that he’s going to play this week. He’ll almost certainly be limited in the game and not quite as mobile, but Wednesday’s update was promising for the Chiefs and the NFL world had plenty to say about it.
Built Different because he was created in an Alien Lab to be the ruler the Aliens will be taken to in later years. https://t.co/qFJZ9JMXER
— Zach The "Chiefs 1 Seed" Guy (@thelaymansterms) January 25, 2023
The expectation is that he would play. This is well-known. The issue is that he has a high ankle sprain and this will hobble him. You do not heal from those swiftly. https://t.co/mdHvOKETLf
— Brad James (@BradfatherSpeak) January 25, 2023
Oh. If that happens, I guarantee there will be excuses. I think he plus somewhat compromised.
— The OddsBreakers (@theoddsbreakers) January 25, 2023
Good news that he is going through walkthroughs and practice
-Sounds like he had a Grade I high ankle sprain
-Yes it will be painful and he’ll probably be limited but will be able to play through
— Dr. Evan Jeffries, DPT (@GameInjuryDoc) January 25, 2023
— Adam Best (@Arrowhead_Adam) January 25, 2023
Given the concerns about Mahomes’ injury, the Kansas City Chiefs are entering this weekend’s game as an underdog in the playoffs for the first time since drafting Mahomes as their quarterback.
One way or another, this weekend’s game is setting up to be quite an interesting showdown.