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Packers’ Matt LaFleur speaks out on preparing for Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes back at practice

Matt LaFleur, Patrick Mahomes, Packers

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes dislocated his knee cap last Thursday, so, naturally, everyone was expecting him to be out for a while.

The initial prognosis was that Mahomes would be out for a minimum of three weeks, so when Mahomes returned to practice on Wednesday, it caught a whole lot of people by surprise.

Mahomes will almost surely have some hurdles to clear in order to suit up against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but Packers head coach Matt LaFleur says that Green Bay’s preparation is not solely focused on the reigning MVP:

“There’s plenty to prepare for, whether he plays or not,” said LaFleur, according to Ryan Wood of The Green Bay Press-Gazette.

LaFleur named wide receiver Tyreke Hill and tight end Travis Kelce specifically as other Chiefs players that the Packers would have to game plan for, but also added that they will be prepping for Mahomes now that he’s practicing.

On the season, Mahomes has thrown for 2,180 yards, 15 touchdowns and one interception while completing 65.1 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 113.1.

He had completed 10 of his 11 throws for 76 yards and a score before exiting against the Denver Broncos last week.

Mahomes, who played his collegiate football at Texas Tech, was originally selected by Kansas City with the 10th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The 24-year-old spent his rookie campaign learning behind Alex Smith, but that ensuing offseason, the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins, clearing the way for Mahomes to start.

He responded by throwing for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2018.