Patrick Mahomes clears concussion protocol

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes walks on the sideline during the second half of...
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes walks on the sideline during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)(Reed Hoffmann | AP)
Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 1:41 PM CST
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KWCH) - Patrick Mahomes has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol, according to The Athletic.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback will be able to start in the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Mahomes said he has been evaluated by three different doctors and hasn’t ad any symptoms. He said he’s lucky to be able to play.

“Yeah I mean you want to be out there, but you have to go through the protocol, and you have to do it the right way,” he said. I mean, you have to look at it long term as much as you look at the short term and going to all the doctors and talking to all the doctors and going through the testing, we have to believe there will be no lingering effects and I’ll be able to go out there and be myself and who I am every single week.”

While the concussion protocol was the major hurdle for Mahomes to clear, the quarterback has also been dealing with a toe injury. On Friday, he was asked about the secondary injury that appeared to impact his footwork against Cleveland.

“It’s feeling a lot better. I mean the next day it was very sore and then every single day since then it has gotten a lot better. It’s stuff you deal with being a football player, you deal with injures, and luckily enough for me, this wasn’t as bad as it looked and felt the day of and the day after,” Mahomes said.

When it comes to Mahomes’ limited reps in practice this week, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said he wasn’t concerned from a preparation standpoint.

“I think he’s good. He knows the offense well enough and has had enough reps to where he’d be fine if everything works out OK here. So, he should be fine,” Reid said.

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