The Kansas City Chiefs are holding their breath waiting for an update on quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The quarterback, who is the reigning NFL MVP, went down with a scary knee injury in the second quarter of Thursday Night Football, and was immediately ruled out.
Knee injuries can be minor or terrible, with a range from sprains to ACL tears. The Chiefs seem optimistic that the injury isn’t too serious, but nothing is officially ruled out just yet. If Patrick Mahomes does miss extended time, there are some other options that would keep Kansas City on top of their division and fighting for the first seed in the AFC.
1) CJ Beathard, San Francisco 49ers
This one was lobbed right down the plate. Beathard has proven himself to be an above-average backup during his time with the Niners. During his time starting in 2017 and 2018, he predictably struggled. This wasn’t an indictment of Beathard’s skill, but more of the team around him. He showed the ability to push the ball downfield and stand in a frequently collapsing pocket. He did have a problem with turnovers, but that can be fixed under Andy Reid’s tutelage. Beathard would likely be cheap to acquire, as the Niners also roster Nick Mullens, another decent backup.
2) Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers
Allen would be a terrific option for the Chiefs, but it all depends on his availability. there have been whispers about the Panthers keeping him as the starting quarterback even when Cam Newton returns to action. While it is a possibility, it seems likely that Newton will get his job back. If that happens, Allen will become trade bait for quite a few teams. He’s yet to lose a start, and has played more than capably in every start. Allen is particularly good at protecting the football, and moving his team down the field using pinpoint accuracy on short and intermediate throws.
3) Case Keenum, Washington Redskins
Keenum is probably the best option should Patrick Mahomes miss time. He’s a reliable veteran who has played well against bad defenses. The former University of Houston signal-caller played poorly against half decent defenses, but he was also playing on the Redskins. With a good team around him, Keenum could easily keep the Chiefs afloat by relying on playmakers like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Another thing in favor of Keenum is his trade price. With Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy also in the quarterback room, the asking price for Keenum couldn’t be more than a late round pick.