Patrick Mahomes was injured during the Kansas City Captains’ AFC group stage win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday; Mahomes left the game in the second half but returned in the second
Last Updated: Jan 22, 23 7:17 pm
Magnetic resonance imaging confirmed that Kansas City captain Patrick Mahomes sprained his high ankle during the team’s AFC group stage win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, GAME report on Sunday.
Mahomes, a former NFL MVP and two-time All-Pro champion, said he plans to compete in the AFC Championship Match next Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals or Buffalo Bills.
The third-seeded Bengals and second-seeded Bills meet on Sunday in Buffalo.
“The feeling is better now than I thought,” Mahomes said on Saturday after a 27-20 win that sent the top seeded Captain into a fifth consecutive AFC title match.
“Obviously I’m having a lot of adrenaline right now, so let’s see how it feels. But I’m going to start treatment right away and try to do whatever I can to get close to 100% by the week. Fortunately for us, we played the game early on Saturday, so we have almost half a day more so I can give that ankle a rest.”
Mahomes, 27, injured his right ankle in the first round after being tackled by Arden Key and Corey Peters of Jacksonville. Key landed on Mahomes’ right shin as the midfielder fell clumsily to the ground.
Substitute Chad Henne started the game with 9:59 left in the second half, shortly after Mahomes was asked by coach Andy Reid to return to the locker room for a checkup.
Mahomes, who said an X-ray of his ankle was negative, was back on the Kansas City bench during ball time, but he still wore his outerwear. Instead, he watched Henne steer the captain 98 yards after 12 innings for a touchdown.
When he returned to the field in the second half, Mahomes went 4/7 for 50 yards in the third inning and 6/8 for 61 yards in the fourth with a touch pass for Marquez Valdes-Scantling to take a 27-17 lead. with 7:08 remaining. He even scored an extra 3 yards of javelin after halftime.
If the Bengals win on Sunday, the Captain will host the game next week in Kansas City.
If the Bills win on Sunday, the AFC title game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta after the NFL owner passed a resolution earlier this month to regulate the knockout stages to address the competitive inequality due to the cancellation of the Buffalo- Cincinnati Game in Week 17. That match was adjourned on January 2 after Damar Hamlin, the Bills’ safe, suffered a cardiac arrest on the field.