Update: Chiefs HC Andy Reid provides update on Patrick Mahomes status
“He got hit in the back of the head and kind of knocked the wind out of him,” Reid said, via Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports (h/t Pro Football Talk). “He’s doing great right now, which is a real positive, passed all the deals that he needed to pass so we’ll see where it goes from here.”
Obviously, Mahomes will have to pass through the concussion protocols in order to start in the conference title game against the Buffalo Bills next week. He did provide somewhat of an update following Sunday’s win over the Browns on social media.
Chad Henne ultimately replaced Mahomes under center, helping lead the Chiefs to their third consecutive AFC Championship Game appearance.
Patrick Mahomes and the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs were looking to advance to the AFC Championship Game for a third consecutive season against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
For a while, things were looking good for the reigning Super Bowl MVP and his team. Kansas City opened up a 19-3 halftime lead, in large part due to this disastrous play for the Browns at the end of the second quarter.
Unfortunately for Mahomes, an injury he suffered earlier in the game slowed the quarterback down. And with his Chiefs up 19-10 in the third quarter, Mahomes suffered a brutal hit to the head.
Update: Chiefs rule Patrick Mahomes (concussion) out for the remainder of the game
Patrick Mahomes taken to locker room after brutal hit
As you can tell, Mahomes was not all there as he attempted to get up off the turf at Arrowhead. After a brief stint in the medical blue tent on the sideline, the quarterback headed to the Chiefs’ locker room for further observation. Obviously, he’ll be tested for a concussion.
Chad Henne eventually took over for Mahomes under center, leading the Chiefs to a field goal and a 22-10 lead late in the third quarter. However, the obvious focus here is on the game’s most-talented quarterback.
For their part, the Chiefs say that Mahomes is being evaluated for a concussion. Based on what we saw on the field, it’s hard to imagine the quarterback returning.