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Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes could be back in fewer than ‘three weeks’

Patrick Mahomes

The Kansas City Chiefs avoided disaster on Thursday night. Patrick Mahomes, who suffered a dislocated kneecap in Week 7’s win over the Denver Broncos, could return in three weeks, or even sooner than that, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

As Schefter notes, “the Chiefs are expected to exercise extreme caution with Mahomes, and the time off will allow him to rest his knee and high ankle sprain.” However, he may not need his full three-week timetable to return from the injury.

After X-Rays and an MRI, the Chiefs deduced that Mahomes did not suffer ligament or bone damage. That is the “best-case scenario,” as a league source told Schefter on Friday. He could be in-line to return for Kansas City’s Nov. 18th Monday night bout with the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City.

Mahomes avoided the worst with the dislocation. Often, kneecap dislocation can lead to ligament damage. It turns out, the Chiefs superstar was a lucky one, as the extent of his damage may be swelling, soreness and potentially a stretched ligament, all of which can be cured with physical therapy.

If Mahomes doesn’t return until Nov. 18th, as Schefter mentions, the Chiefs will play the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans with Matt Moore as the starter. They do not have a backup behind him but may elevate Kyle Shurmur from the practice squad—the son of New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur.

On Thursday, Moore went 10 of 19 for 117 yards and a touchdown. It was enough to improve Kansas City’s record to 5-2.