Concerning Patrick Mahomes Update Emerges Ahead of AFC Championship

Larry Rupp
A concerning Patrick Mahomes injury update has emerged ahead of the AFC Championship game.
A concerning Patrick Mahomes injury update has emerged ahead of the AFC Championship game. / AP Photos/Ed Zurga

Kansas City Chiefs fans breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced that quarterback Patrick Mahomes would start against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship game. It's not all good news, though, as the All-Pro talent will not be fully healthy on the field due to his high-ankle sprain.

Patrick Mahomes Injury Update

NFL insider Ian Rapoport explains that no one on the coaching staff knows how Mahomes' ankle is going to react to in-game situations. Of course, quarterbacks get pressured in the pocket throughout the game and often take on a few hits. That's especially true for a QB capable of running the football.

Mahomes was able to practice in full this past week thanks to the fact that the swelling was not as bad as expected and his "bendy" ligaments are not built like those of other athletes. However, he did not participate in sprints and he has taken on zero contact since facing the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Texas Tech product has acknowledged that he could be impacted a bit on Sunday, saying "you hope adrenaline kind of takes over and you can make those throws when you need to." Mahomes is known for having a stellar deep ball, but throwing a deep ball puts a ton of weight on the ankles.

When it comes down to it, there's no denying that a hobbled Mahomes is better than no Mahomes at all. The Chiefs have a shot to earn their third Super Bowl appearance in the last four years and are listed as 2.5-point home favorites against the Bengals, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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