Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sprained his high ankle during the team’s 27-20 playoff win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday.
That news comes from ESPN Adam Schefter after Mahomes received an MRI after the game.
A high ankle sprain is a serious injury and often leaves players out for several weeks. But Mahomes was able to return to Sunday’s game in the second half and is tipped to play in next week’s AFC Championship tie.
The captain will play the winner of Sunday’s Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game. If it’s Buffalo, that game will be played at a neutral location in Atlanta. If it’s Cincinnati, the Captain will host that game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Mahomes was injured in the first half of Saturday’s game and left briefly in the second, where he was replaced by veteran substitute Chad Henne. Mahomes is playing with an obvious limp and his mobility is significantly limited following the injury.
He finished the day 22 to 30 from 195 yards and two touchdowns.
While Henne has played well when needed, Mahomes is the driving force behind the Captain’s attack and his health will significantly affect what goes on in the AFC Championship and beyond. If he is 100% healthy, the Captain could be the favorite candidate to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl and maybe even win it.
But if he is restricted in any way, or has to leave the game next Sunday, that will greatly limit the Captain’s ability to commit a crime. Especially against a team that played better than their opponent on Sunday (Jacksonville).
His ankle will be the story in the NFL this week.