Andy Reid’s Patrick Mahomes practice update will have Chiefs fans pumped
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said on Thursday Patrick Mahomes is looking strong.
Mahomes practiced again today after doing some light work on Wednesday. It would seem not feeling many, if any, of the effects from a neck injury suffered during last weekend’s win over the Cleveland Browns:
“Pat looked good,” Reid said, via Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star. “He’s moving around well. He feels good.”‘
Reid stressed the importance of not pushing the envelope and following the league’s concussion protocol to a T as the Chiefs hope to have Mahomes for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills.
The former league MVP was placed in concussion protocol after tweaking a nerve in his neck against the Browns. Normally, it is difficult for players to be green-lighted from protocol in just one week. But the good news is Mahomes did not suffer a head injury, which might make it more feasible for him to play Sunday.
However, the concussion protocol is only part of the story. Mahomes had also picked up a minor foot injury, so Reid saying he is “moving well” should be good news for Chiefs fans.
Mahomes is not the only player the Chiefs hope to have active on Sunday. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has practiced in consecutive days after missing last weekend’s win over the Browns. Meanwhile, wide receiver Sammy Watkins—who has not played since Week 16—is also trending towards active status.
Of course, Mahomes is the most important of Kansas City’s banged-up players, if not the most important star in the NFL. The Chiefs will hope he continues to feel strong and ultimately clears the league’s protocols.