Patrick Mahomes Injury Update: Is Chiefs’ Star QB Missing AFC Championship Game?

Published 01/22/2023, 4:14 PM EST
Jan 21, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) before playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC divisional round game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs cruised to their fifth straight AFC Championship after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars last night. The 27-20 divisional-round playoff win had a few close moments for the Chiefs. The Jags drew within four points at one time. However, it’s their quarterback’s injury that’s been on everyone’s mind.

Late in the first quarter, Patrick Mahomes had to limp off the field after an ankle hit. And ESPN’s Adam Schefter had some concerning news for the Chiefs Kingdom. Apparently, the hit was not as casual as Pat Mahomes made it look. However, the youngest NFL and Super Bowl MVP is confident about playing next week for the conference title.

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Patrick Mahomes went down after a tackle and Jacksonville linebacker Arden Key landed unpleasantly on the Warrior Chief’s right ankle. Despite limping and somehow finishing the first quarter, Mahomes had to get the X-Ray done in the second quarter after head coach Andy Reid’s orders. However, the resilience showed when Mahomes returned in the second half and finished the game with 2 touchdowns over 195 passing yards and 22 completions out of 30 attempted throws.

Pat even got his MRI results back today. And it looks like a high ankle sprain for the NFL’s passing yards and touchdowns leader this season.

MRI today confirmed that Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain during Saturday’s win over the Jaguars, per league source. “Nothing more than that,” said one source, and Mahomes has said he plans to play in next Sunday’s AFC Championship Game,” Adam Schefter tweeted.

Patrick Mahomes carried on with one working foot

It feels better. It feels better than I thought it was going to be,” Mahomes said about his ankle. Before his injury, Patrick Mahomes planted the weight on his right leg as he jumped for a touchdown pass. And the Chiefs’ QB did that with his non-injured foot after the hit for another touchdown and mesmerized the Arrowhead crowd.


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Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce and Marquez Valdes-Scantling for his two end zone passes. Kelce had another receiving TD from a Chad Henne throw. Henne stepped in when the Chiefs needed him the most.

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Without Patrick, Henne had the most important 98-yard touchdown drive in the closely contested affair. And Mahomes showered his appreciation. “Chad Henne man, he’s been in the building every single day. He’s made me so much of a better quarterback in the way he teaches me and just the most ready-to-go-at-all-times quarterback,” Mahomes said. And the ‘Henne-thing is Possible’ chants went on late into the night in Kansas.


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Soumyapriyo Ganguly

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favorites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC, and Formula 1.

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