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Report: The injury that really affected Patrick Mahomes leading up to AFC Championship Game vs. Bills

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes needed to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol to play on Sunday for the Kansas City Chiefs, but it was his other injury that caused him more issues. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Mahomes was diagnosed with turf toe, which was a bigger obstacle than him clearing the concussion protocol.

Early in last week’s Divisional Round showdown with the Cleveland Browns, Mahomes sustained a toe injury after stepping into a pass. He would be hobbled for the rest of the game as the Chiefs didn’t call many more designed runs for the strong-armed quarterback.

Besides his foot ailment, Mahomes would then take a massive hit from Mack Wilson of the Browns that would cause him to head to the locker room. Mahomes was tackled around his neck, which caused him to suffer a concussion that would prevent him from returning to last week’s contest.

While Mahomes was able to clear concussion protocol, he is still limited by his toe injury heading into Sunday’s pivotal game. As a result, Andy Reid will likely make sure that Mahomes isn’t asked to do much with his legs to prevent further injury. Before his exit in last week’s game, Mahomes had 255 passing yards and a touchdown.

Following Kansas City’s victory over Cleveland, everyone assumed that Mahomes’ head injury would be the only thing that would keep him sidelined in the AFC Championship Game.

However, it is his toe injury that is causing the most discomfort, making it something to keep an eye on when he takes the field against the Bills.