Chiefs' Mahomes throwing during practice after knee injury


DENVER (KWCH/AP) Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes planned to throw in practice Wednesday, raising the possibility the reigning league MVP could return sooner than expected from a dislocated kneecap.

Mahomes hurt the knee on a quarterback sneak Thursday night in Denver. The initial thought was that he could miss up to six weeks, but X-rays and an MRI exam returned the best possible result, and coach Andy Reid said that he has not been ruled out for Sunday night against Green Bay.

That said, the Chiefs are preparing as if backup Matt Moore will be the starter, and they have elevated rookie Kyle Shurmur from the practice squad to serve as the potential backup.

In other injury news, defensive end Frank Clark was held out of practice with a neck injury and linebacker Darron Lee with an illness. But left tackle Eric Fisher was back from his groin injury and wide receiver Sammy Watkins was able to test his ailing hamstring.

12:45 p.m.

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes escaped significant damage to ligaments when he dislocated his right kneecap against Denver and could be back in 4-6 weeks.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the Chiefs have not revealed any sort of timetable for his return. Mahomes underwent an MRI exam earlier in the day.

The reigning league MVP was hurt during the Chiefs' 30-6 win in Denver on Thursday night while sneaking for a first down on fourth-and-short deep in Broncos territory. Everyone jumped up from the pile but Mahomes, who immediately grabbed for his right knee as trainers rushed onto the field.

Team physicians were able to get his patella back in place on the field. Mahomes shooed away a cart and walked off with their help, his limp lessening as he reached the locker room.

12 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes may be back on the field sooner than we thought.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said Friday morning that the MRI confirmed that Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap, but no significant damage.

Sources tell Rapoport that Mahomes will seek additional opinions to be sure.

Rapoport says the plan is for him to return this season after a brief absence.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Patrick Mahomes could be out for at least three weeks after injuring his knee in Thursday night's game against Denver.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport tweeted Friday morning that an upcoming MRI will determine whether Mahomes could miss even more than three weeks.

Mahomes injured his right knee in a pileup near the goal line in the second quarter. He completed 10 of 11 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown before his injury.

Officials say Mahomes has a dislocated knee but it doesn’t look like the knee is fractured.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is ruled out after leaving Thursday night's game against Denver with an apparent knee injury.

The injury happened at about the 10-minute mark of the second quarter. Mahomes has battled through an ankle injury over the past couple weeks, but Thursday's night's situation is more serious, just how much more serious remains to be seen.

Dr. Mark Adickes, a former NFL player and an orthopedic surgeon who serves as a medical expert for ESPN, says Mahomes has an apparent knee cap dislocation. He says this injury can be treated without surgery or a brace, putting Mahomes out for "just a few weeks." Depending on the severity, he says it could also mean season-ending surgery and an "MRI will determine which course" doctors take with the defending NFL MVP.