Turf Toe Not Likely To Slow Banged-Up Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is a go for Sunday night’s AFC Championship game vs. the Buffalo Bills. As relayed by OutKick’s Clint Lamb, Mahomes’ concussion is not expected to keep him from playing, nor be an issue.

But that’s not to say Mahomes will be in perfect health. It appears the Super Bowl-winning QB is also dealing with turf toe, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Here’s this from OutKick’s Dr. David J. Chao (@ProFootballDoc):

“Patrick Mahomes will indeed play today but he will be dealing with a left turf toe injury that we talked about in-game, as well as just being cleared out of concussion protocol. The big news is if he did suffer a concussion or not, and we will be able to see quickly if this is true. If he indeed suffered a concussion, the Chiefs will have to change their playbook to make sure Mahomes is not caught in space.

“If he did not suffer a concussion, which is our belief, the Chiefs won’t have to change their playbook. He will obviously be less mobile, but they can obviously deal with a slower Mahomes and not change anything.”

Turf toe. Concussion. All that matters to the Chiefs is that Mahomes is indeed feeling healthy enough to play. As Dr. Chao suggested, a beat-up Mahomes is better than no Mahomes at all — and better than a lot of healthy quarterbacks who are now sitting at home watching Mahomes try to work his postseason magic yet again.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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