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Chiefs Get Concerning Update on Patrick Mahomes Injury

Larry Rupp
The Kansas City Chiefs get a concerning injury update for quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The Kansas City Chiefs get a concerning injury update for quarterback Patrick Mahomes. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs are returning to the AFC Championship game for the third consecutive season, but still, need to figure out if starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be able to play in it or not after he suffered a scary injury on Sunday.

Mahomes left the team's Divisional Round win over the Cleveland Browns after a hard tackle. He was originally being evaluated for a concussion, but his injury has since been declared a neck issue. There is no timetable for his return yet and his status is something to keep an eye on all week.

The Chiefs are a totally different team without their starting quarterback. Mahomes led them to a 14-1 record as the starter this season and has thrown for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns. On Sunday, he completed 21 of 30 pass attempts for 255 yards and had 2 total touchdowns before he was forced to leave the game.

If Mahomes isn't able to suit up, the Chiefs will turn to backup quarterback Chad Henne to lead the offense. Henne finished last week's game by completing 6 of 8 pass attempts for 66 yards, but did throw an interception that gave the Browns a chance to win the game. The 35-year-old veteran would be a considerable downgrade from the former MVP.

The Chiefs are currently 3-point home favorites in the AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds.

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