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After first-half ankle injury, Patrick Mahomes returns in third quarter vs Jaguars

Patrick Mahomes
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UPDATE: Patrick Mahomes continues to mystify. Despite some reports suggesting the 27-year-old quarterback is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, Mahomes returned to the game in the second half, sending Chad Henne back to the bench. While an official medical diagnosis hasn’t been provided, high ankle sprains typically keep athletes out of action for multiple weeks, depending on the severity.

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Saturday in a quest to reach the Conference Championship game for the fifth time in as many years.

The game started off as expected, with the Chiefs quickly marching down the field, scoring on a 12-play, 83-yard touchdown drive capped off with an eight-yard touchdown catch by Travis Kelce. Jacksonville, not looking to be eliminated easily, responded with a five-play touchdown drive of their own, with Christian Kirk getting the score.

Kansas City’s next drive was much different. Mahomes’ ankle got caught under a Jaguars defender’s knee, forcing the QB to the ground. Mahomes got up limping afterward, and coach Andy Reid called a timeout, hoping to buy his face of the franchise more time.

The gritty player that Mahomes is, knowing the ramifications of the playoff matchup, he didn’t want to put any thought into leaving the field.

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Patrick Mahomes DID NOT want to leave the game

Mahomes was seen getting his ankle wrapped and took the field once again, yet continued to hobble. Evidently, the Chiefs managed to convince Mahomes to head back to the locker room to receive further medical treatment.

Kansas City’s backup, Chad Henne, took over at QB for the Chiefs. Henne attempted two passes during the regular season, both incompletions.

The Chiefs listed Mahomes as questionable to return in the first half before he emerged from the tunnel in the second half and resumed his role as the QB1 in Kansas City.

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