Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes remains in concussion protocol, hopeful to practice Wednesday

Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Cleveland Browns during the second half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The head injury Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered in Sunday’s AFC Divisional Playoff win over the Cleveland Browns is obviously of concern. Despite not suffering a blow to the head on said play, Mahomes was wobbly as he got up from the turf at Arrowhead Stadium.

After a brief stint in the blue medical tent on the sideline, the reigning Super Bowl MVP made his way to the locker room and was ruled out by the Chiefs.

Now, less than a week until Kansas City takes on the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game, we’re hearing some more information on the stud quarterback.

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Patrick Mahomes remains in concussion protocol, some reason for optimism

Patrick Mahomes injury
Dec 20, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) at the line against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that Mahomes will still have to pass through stages of the NFL concussion protocol in order to suit up next Sunday. The good news here is that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reiterated Monday that Mahomes is feeling good.

The next steps are going to be telling. The hope here is that symptoms of the concussion subside Tuesday with Mahomes being able to take to the field for practice on Wednesday. If both of these things were to happen, he’d more than likely be under center next weekend in Kansas City.

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Impact of the Patrick Mahomes injury

While backup Chad Henne was able to help Kansas City to a win over Cleveland this past weekend following Mahomes’ injury, he’s obviously not the same difference-maker as his teammate. In fact, Henne has thrown all of 41 regular-season passes since the end of the 2014 campaign.

As for Mahomes, his importance to the Chiefs is about much more than dazzling plays and eye-opening stats. He’s a winner in the truest sense of the term. In games Mahomes has suited up in since Week 10 of the 2019 season, the Chiefs boast an otherworldly 24-1 record. That includes a 4-0 mark in the playoffs.

We will acquire a better understanding of the quarterback’s status here in the next couple days. For now, everything seems positive as it relates to Patrick Mahomes suiting up in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.