How should Chiefs handle Patrick Mahomes’ return from injury?

AP

If Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes knee injury is expected to keep him out of action for only a few weeks, an important question emerges: Should they voluntarily keep him out even longer?

Dan Katz a/k/a Big Cat made a great point (just ask him and he’ll tell you) about the situation during Friday’s PFT Live. Given that Mahomes will be Kansas City’s franchise quarterback for the next 15 years or longer, should they shut him down for the rest of the season in lieu of risking a re-injury or aggravation that would result in major surgery and, in turn, impact his availability for 2020?

Mahomes would surely resist that approach, as an athlete. As a businessman, however, there’s a potential benefit to playing it safe. He’s nine regular-season games away from becoming eligible to secure the biggest contract in NFL history, with an annual average of $40 million per year or more. If he ends up with a torn ACL or some other major knee injury, Mahomes quite possibly wouldn’t get that contract until he’s once again healthy.

It would be a delicate, complex decision for the team, with many factors to be considered. Regardless, Mahomes’ status as the best player in the NFL compels the Chiefs to explore all options and to make the best decision that properly balances the short-term and long-term interests of the team.

76 responses to “How should Chiefs handle Patrick Mahomes’ return from injury?

  1. Moronic of Andy Reid to have a MVp QB with an injured ankle run a qb sneak. Whatever the Chiefs do, they have to handle it so it does not endanger the future health of Mahomes. If we have to punt this season and put him on IR, it sucks, but so be it.

  2. Pats caught a break 2 years ago when Kelce was injured prior to the game. Last year when the game was locked up until that bozo lined up off sides. And now again with PM out. Would be be good to finally see the best team prevail, but that’s football.

  3. Odds are the MPFL is torn. Mahomes could try and rehab. But smart move for all involved is surgery and 8 month recovery. Which is what they will do. And there’s only one Big Cat in football and it’s Ernie “Big Cat” Ladd (RIP). If Dan Katz grows to 6 foot 9 and 300 lbs we can revisit the nickname. But for now he is just “Dan the football fan”.

  4. Lets fold up the tent and give up this season –
    said no good GM ever.

    Wait until he’s 99.8% then play him.

  5. As much as the NFL keeps touting how much safer everything is, specially for quarterbacks, how come so many young quarterbacks keep getting major injuries? Did the main young quarterbacks of the 80’s, 90’s or even 2000’s get injured that much? Not until later in their careers did Marino or Montana or Aikman or Brady, etc. sustain major injuries. At least until 5 or 6 years into their careers.

    Look at the last few years of Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson, now Patrick Mahomes. The game is safer, but then why are all these young quarterbacks getting hurt?

  6. Far too valuable to rush back. Even you can get him back quickly he’ll be wearing a stout brace and wev’e already seen the effect of his limited mobility just from his dodgy ankle.

  7. The rest of the division is trash, so making the playoffs will never be in doubt. KC should just take their time, but unfortunately, we all know how Andy Reid mismanages time…

  8. nflhofcounts says:
    October 18, 2019 at 10:00 am
    Pats caught a break 2 years ago when Kelce was injured prior to the game. Last year when the game was locked up until that bozo lined up off sides. And now again with PM out. Would be be good to finally see the best team prevail, but that’s football.
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    The best team wins the last game of the year. Don’t confuse talent with the best.

  9. LOL at the Broncos. You claw your way back with 2 straight wins to put yourself in a position to contend for a division title agaibst a team that lost 2 straight at home.

    Now they are 4-2 and you are 2-4 but bc you have the momentum, the 4 game turnaround favors you. And the game is in your back yard. With the altitude, you have the single greatest home field advantage in all of sports. Their QB is hobbled and before we even reach halftime, he goes down. Not only for the rest of the game but for a few weeks. If you can just win this game against one of the league’s worst defenses, you will be 3-4, just one game out, and own the tiebreaker. And they will have to face stiff competition in Aaron Rodgers and the Viking defense in the next two weeks. You can seize the division lead and pull off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the NFL coming back from 0-4.

    What do you do? You fail to score a single point since the injury, you give up a fumble return for a TD, and you let the back up (M. Moore) hang a TD or two on you.

    Great job, Denver.

  10. I think it became obvious that Patrick Mahomes was the cause for the defensive struggles, so whatever they decide to do they should keep that in mind.

  11. Don’t over analyze this. He comes back when he is healthy. He will get his contract regardless because someone will pay him.

  12. nflhofcounts says:
    October 18, 2019 at 10:00 am
    Pats caught a break 2 years ago when Kelce was injured prior to the game. Last year when the game was locked up until that bozo lined up off sides. And now again with PM out. Would be be good to finally see the best team prevail, but that’s football.

    Dont fret the best team did prevail not once but twice

  13. “waldoampere says:
    October 18, 2019 at 10:10 am
    Matt Moore has consistently been one of the best backup QBs in the league.”

    Is that why Chad Henne was ahead of him on the depth chart?

  14. Look at the last few years of Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson, now Patrick Mahomes. The game is safer, but then why are all these young quarterbacks getting hurt?

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    Arrogant, bad GMs, bad OLs and lots of running.

    You all were warned..over and over and over…

  15. If he re-injures it and you don’t pay him you’re risking losing the best QB, for toying with him, worthy of a contract. So that’s not going to happen.

    I think his coming back this year depends on their defense. If KC’s playing well, ride out the record as far as you can go without Mahomes.

    If they are tanking, you have to consider hanging him up.

    But if Moore can get you to 8-5 or better, get Mahomes in for the last game and prepped for the playoffs. If he’s healthy.

    They led us to believe Berry was coming back last year for 2 months, so I’d expect them to do the same with Pat.

  16. Their season is over. Too bad, i like the kid. Would like to see k.c. healthy when they play n.e. thats the game we all want to see.

  17. I had a chihuahua once had the same problem with his kneecap. He was apricot colored. An apricot ripens in 100 days from the time of bloom. Correcting for dog years is a little over 2 weeks. Mystery solved it’s simple science.

  18. Best player in the NFL? Hopefully there’s a bit of hyperbole here. Don’t get me wrong, he is great, but not the best in the NFL. He may be someday, but not today.

  19. As a Bears fan, I’ve been enjoying watching KC – if only to know how the offense is supposed to look.

    Mahomes seems like a good guy, and I have nothing but respect for Andy Reid. Still, I hope no one rushes this guy back before he is ready and, more importantly, before he can protect himself. His football career is on the line.

  20. nflhofcounts says:
    October 18, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Pats caught a break 2 years ago when Kelce was injured prior to the game. Last year when the game was locked up until that bozo lined up off sides. And now again with PM out. Would be be good to finally see the best team prevail, but that’s football.

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Right, because the Patriots never have any injuries.

  21. nflhofcounts says:
    October 18, 2019 at 10:00 am
    Pats caught a break 2 years ago when Kelce was injured prior to the game. Last year when the game was locked up until that bozo lined up off sides. And now again with PM out. Would be be good to finally see the best team prevail, but that’s football.

    —–

    Perhaps if Mahommes and the Chiefs didn’t score 0 points in the 1st they may have won the game…. But I know how you feel…..my team’s genius coach had Dan Marino and he could never bring home a SB

  22. How to handle a QB with a bum knee?
    Ask themselves do they
    A) want to handle it the same way RGIII was handled
    B) want to handle it the same way Brady was handled after having his knee blown out

    I’m not sure it’s really a debate?

  23. Look at the last few years of Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson, now Patrick Mahomes. The game is safer, but then why are all these young quarterbacks getting hurt?
    ——–
    Back then you only threw 20-25 passes a game. They toss 20-25 passes by halftime these days. And QB’s are a lot smaller. By smaller I mean thinner. Not nearly as muscular as they use to be. Thin is in and I feel some of the current NFL players play the season a bit too lean for their build.

  24. What should KC do?

    Look at their record when Mahomes returns, and weigh the prospect of causing long-term damage to Mahomes. If the risk to Mahomes is minimal and you’re still a playoff contender, you suit him up. But that’s the only scenario where Mahomes should play, otherwise sit him out for the rest of the season.

  25. Next 15 years or longer as the QB.
    That would be 18 years or longer on the same team.
    Of the hundreds of great QB’s to play this game. how many times has this happened?

  26. Maybe they should let the doctors tell them the risk of re-injury. If he’s back to 100%, you play him rather than fear that he’s going to get hurt again. If there’s significant risk because of this injury, you don’t play him. I would never shut a guy down for the season just because he’s too valuable to risk getting injured. Then why would you ever play him?

  27. They should fire Andy Reid, since he’s going to shorten Mahomes’s career, and not win a championship anyway.

    But they won’t.

  28. Shame. Because I can almost never watch “my” team, I’ve taken to watching Mahomes as he’s a real “trip” to watch play QB. Hopefully, the injury isn’t serious and he’ll be back soon but, I wouldn’t risk his future and the future of the Chiefs by playing him too soon. If that means sitting him out the remainder of the season, so be it. Mahomes is just too valuable to even think about playing him if there’s the slightest risk of further injury.

  29. If I were the Chiefs, I would demand Goodell be fired for spearheading a terrible TNF product that somehow, in classic Goodell fashion, manages to marry injury after injury to league stars with consistently awful game quality. That nobody in the league office even manages to connect the two facts is itself peak Goodell.

  30. Good chance MPFL ligament tear. At Mahomes age and years left in NFL, he should have surgery to stabilize the dislocation. Without surgery he has high chance of more dislocations & the possibility of tearing further ligaments like ACL ect. The risk isn’t worth it. Mahomes is KC’s future.

  31. The Chiefs’ next four games are against Green Bay, Minnesota, Tennessee and the Chargers. The first two are at home and the latter two on the road. So, if Mahomes is out for a month it’s likely that the Chiefs will be underdogs in all four games and could, quite conceivably, lose them all to fall to 5-6. Even at 6-5, I think it would be an easy call for Mahomes to sit out the season and be completely healthy for next year.

  32. I’d keep Patrick out of the season as long as possible. We are talking an MVP caliber player who should be afforded MORE recovery time than less. The goal for the team should be to soldier on without Patrick for six to eight weeks and get him ready to go into the last month with a chance to keep the team in the playoffs.

    I would not mess with this guy – get him healthy and so that there is no long term damage to his legs. We’ve seen that he is nothing without those legs and doing anything sooner is professional and criminal malfeasance and should be cause to terminate Andy Reid.

  33. Play him when he’s healthy.To arbitrarily say that means holding him out until next season makes no sense.

  34. They won’t rush him back. If they miss the playoffs, so be it. Wait until next season. If he is healthy, then there is no reason to keep him on the bench. Injury is part of the game. The only way to avoid it is to retire, as Chris Borland did. Mahomes is a player. He wants to play. There are a lot of people who will play sports for nothing, and Mahomes is one of those. He would play pickup games and sandlot football if he was not good enough to be in the NFL.

  35. The window for Super Bowl contenders CLOSES FAST.

    Mahomes is in line for $140 million extension – that’s $140m no longer available to build your team with anymore. Look at the Eagles and the Rams – once off the rookie QB contract, teams make financial decisions that might keep them competitive but not league-dominating anymore.

    To suggest you sit a healthy player is nonsense. Ask Dan Marino how many times he made it back to the SB after his rookie season – ZERO. Or very good QBs like Phillip Rivers that never get a chance to sniff the Lombardi trophy.

  36. Uhm, yeah, I’m thinking this is about the best Kap could possibly hope for.
    Andy Reid and that offense could work with Kap.
    Make it happen, please make it happen.
    The drama would be must-see tv.
    Please make it happen.

  37. He will be the first NFL 200 million dollar man. 6 year deal $220

    as far as rest…my gut says he will be back for the Game against the Raiders after their bye week. They have the luxury right now of both SD, and Denver struggling. They already beat Oakland earlier this year when Mahomes went into a day dream and threw 4tds and 278 yards in the second quarter. Right then I knew (as I was awake to witness it) that he is worth 200+ million, and with regret will have to play this guy for another decade.

    Hopefully that game means something for both teams after the bye week. Maybe the West will be on the line.

    Go Raiders!

  38. Sending your franchise QB into harms way on a QB sneak when he’s nursing a bum ankle tells me all I need to know about how Reid and the Chiefs will handle this. If there’s any chance he can play this year, he’s going to play this year. They may never have the collection of offensive firepower they do today. Mahomes has been great playing alongside these incredible athletes. He may not be able to sustain this once he gets his contract and they have to make tough choices about who they can keep around him. People forget how great McNabb and Reid looked for a few years until they lost some of their offensive firepower. Can we cool it on the “best player in the NFL” talk until he shows he can handle adversity and beat the best of the best when it really matters? Give me Brady, Rodgers, even Russell Wilson over Mahomes at this point in his career. You can’t tell me those other guys wouldn’t be putting up similar/better numbers throwing to Hill, Kelce, Watkins, Hardiman, McCoy etc.

  39. “delfines72 says:
    October 18, 2019 at 10:12 am
    As much as the NFL keeps touting how much safer everything is, specially for quarterbacks, how come so many young quarterbacks keep getting major injuries? Did the main young quarterbacks of the 80’s, 90’s or even 2000’s get injured that much? Not until later in their careers did Marino or Montana or Aikman or Brady, etc. sustain major injuries. At least until 5 or 6 years into their careers.

    Look at the last few years of Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson, now Patrick Mahomes. The game is safer, but then why are all these young quarterbacks getting hurt?”

    I don’t know if you noticed, but it’s a totally different game today.
    Marino – would be KILLED. He moves less than Brady does, and Brady doesn’t move.
    No, today, the game is made for the Russell Wilsons, Mahomes, Rodgers, guys that can actually MOVE, which is why Baltimore jettisoned Flacco and kept Jackson.
    The next issue is, the ‘new’ QB model – those guys won’t last as long.
    Brady, Flacco, Smith, Ryan, Rivers, few like that will be around, you will
    see more guys like Josh Allen, Lamar, Skyler, Baker, MOBILE guys with cannon arms that
    we never saw 5+ years ago.

  40. nflhofcounts says:
    October 18, 2019 at 10:00 am
    Pats caught a break 2 years ago when Kelce was injured prior to the game. Last year when the game was locked up until that bozo lined up off sides. And now again with PM out. Would be be good to finally see the best team prevail, but that’s football.

    The best teams don’t score zero points in the first half of the conference championship game. The best teams don’t jump offside with the game on the line. The best teams stop the offense in overtime so their offense can win the game.

  41. “”californianewton says:
    October 18, 2019 at 11:26 am
    They won’t rush him back. If they miss the playoffs, so be it. Wait until next season. If he is healthy, then there is no reason to keep him on the bench. Injury is part of the game. The only way to avoid it is to retire, as Chris Borland did. Mahomes is a player. He wants to play. There are a lot of people who will play sports for nothing, and Mahomes is one of those. He would play pickup games and sandlot football if he was not good enough to be in the NFL.””
    *****************************************
    I am soooo sick of people saying they would ‘play for nothing’, EVERY ONE of those guys
    is in it to be paid, nobody works for free, those guys would not put their bodies thru
    what they do with training, camps and games for ‘nothing’, and even ‘minimum pay’ may not
    be worth it.
    It is HARD to play in NY, LA, SF and Chicago with the rookie minimum contract, I know a
    guy that said he almost could not do it in Chicago, the cost of living near Soldier Field
    is NUTS. Plus, the tax bracket they are in is nuts, and some goes to their agent, some goes to the union, my friend told me of his $280,000 rookie contract, he barely got $100,000 of it. Do you know what rent is in Chicago?

  42. Injuries can happen at any time including celebrating a touchdown so u can’t worry about that or don’t play at all. As far as coming back you gotta take as much time as possible he’s the franchise

  43. jddre says:
    October 18, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    I don’t know if you noticed, but it’s a totally different game today.
    Marino – would be KILLED. He moves less than Brady does, and Brady doesn’t move.

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    Anyone who has watched Marino slide in the pocket along with having (arguably) the quickest release in NFL history will tell you Brady doesn’t hold a candle to Marino in the pocket. The difference between Brady and Marino is the Pats offensive play selection. Which allows Brady to release the ball in the 2 second range the majority of the time. And of course the fact that pocket quarterbacks today are better protected by the rules-refs. Marino would be more than fine with today’s rules.

  44. nflhofcounts says:
    October 18, 2019 at 10:00 am
    Pats caught a break 2 years ago when Kelce was injured prior to the game. Last year when the game was locked up until that bozo lined up off sides. And now again with PM out. Would be be good to finally see the best team prevail, but that’s football

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    Funny thing about excuses.. Only teams that lose need them

  45. Eli is not a bad choice to hold the fort until Patrick can return.If nothing else Eli is cerebral an can pick up Andy’s offense quickly.Didn’t Shurmur coach under Reed,so similar system for Eli.Just a thought!!

  46. The Chiefs’ Super Bowl window is wide open as long as Patrick Mahomes is their QB. I would not rush him back at all. Rest him for the rest of the season if that’s what he needs. I’m looking forward to seeing him become the highest paid athlete of all time. Don’t let the current coaching regime or front office ruin his career.

  47. patsarticlemustpost says:
    October 18, 2019 at 10:23 am
    nflhofcounts says:
    October 18, 2019 at 10:00 am
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    The best team wins the last game of the year. Don’t confuse talent with the best.

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    And sometimes the winner of that last game is actually legit…eh sport!

    Lance and Barry

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