Report: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes clears ‘big steps’ in quest to play vs. Bills in AFC Championship Game
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Mahomes cleared some “big steps” on Monday. However, Schefter added Mahomes is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol, and it is still unknown whether he will be able to play in the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills.
Interestingly, Schefter also says Mahomes is nursing a foot injury. Yet, despite all the physical questions, the Chiefs are reportedly optimistic in Mahomes’ chances of playing this weekend. He is expected to practice Wednesday, per Schefter.
Mahomes’ status could become clearer on Wednesday. But he will also have to get clearance from the league after suffering a tweaked nerve in his neck against the Browns.
Chiefs fans held their collective breath when the former league MVP landed awkwardly on his head following a tackle by Browns linebacker Mack Wilson midway through the third quarter.
Mahomes got up from that tackle looking visibly dazed and even staggering for a moment before steadying himself. The 25-year-old was eventually taken to the locker room, where he was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Fortunately for Kansas City, the defense held steady to halt Cleveland’s comeback effort. Backup quarterback Chad Henne made a pair of massive plays late in the game, including a 13-yard scramble to set up a fourth-down conversion.
Despite Henne’s heroics, the Chiefs certainly have a better chance of defeating the Bills with Mahomes on the field. He is making strides toward being active, but a final declaration regarding his status is unlikely to come until later in the week.