An MRI on Sunday confirmed that Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain Saturday in Kansas City’s Divisional Round victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, ESPN reported.
The MRI showed no further damage to Mahomes’ right ankle.
After last Saturday’s game, in which the Chiefs advanced to their fifth straight AFC Championship Game, Mahomes said he plans to play Sunday when the Chiefs play host to the Cincinnati Bengals.
“It’s going to take a lot to keep me out of a football game,” Mahomes said immediately after the game on an on-field interview with NBC. “I’ll be good to go.”
Later with reporters, he went into more detail.
“It feels better than I thought it was going to be now,” he said. “Obviously, I have a lot of adrenaline going right now, so we’ll see how it feels. But I’ll hop right in the treatment and try to do whatever I can to be as close to 100 percent by next week. Luckily for us, we played the early game on Saturday, so we get an extra almost half a day that I can let that ankle rest.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters on Monday Mahomes has “worked hard on treatment” and is feeling OK. Reid added Mahomes is still slated to play against the Bengals on Sunday and the injury is less severe than the ankle injury he suffered in 2019.
Mahomes suffered the injury at the end of the first quarter when Jaguars edge rusher Arden Key fell on his lower leg, causing the quarterback to limp significantly afterward. Mahomes left the game after leading the Chiefs into field goal range and was replaced by backup quarterback Chad Henne.
Henne, who had completed just two passes this season, drove the Chiefs 98 yards down the field for a touchdown, allowing Kansas City to go into the locker room at halftime ahead 17-10 despite missing Mahomes. After X-rays didn’t show serious damage, Mahomes returned to the game to start the second half and led the Chiefs to their 27-17 victory.
“It’s one of those moments where if you’re on that team, there’s no chance but to be inspired,” said analyst Eric Mangini of The 33rd Team. “You think about those moments, and you appreciate those moments.”
Mahomes was 12 of 18 for 118 yards and a touchdown after the injury. Clearly limited, he was capable of doing enough to lead the Chiefs down the field for a touchdown drive that gave them a 27-17 lead they’d never relinquish.