Patrick Mahomes on his ankle: Wednesday’s practice was probably better than I expected


Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has maintained that he’s going to play in the AFC Championship Game since suffering a high ankle sprain in Kansas City’s victory over Jacksonville last week.

But he wasn’t even limited in Wednesday’s practice, which says plenty about his status heading into the rematch against Cincinnati.

“I thought I had a good day yesterday,” Mahomes said in his Thursday press conference. “Obviously, there’s things you’ve got to work through here and there. But overall, probably better than I expected — being able to go out there, throw the football around, and get the reps in that I needed to get in.”

Mahomes added that he feels like he can still do plenty on the field but he’s not truly going to be sure of his capabilities with the injured ankle until kickoff on Sunday.

“You can’t fully do exactly what you’re going to be [doing] in those moments in the game,” Mahomes said. “But all I can do is prepare myself the best way possible and then when we get in the game, you hope adrenaline kind of takes over and you can make those throws when you need to.”

While Mahomes’ injury is certainly worth monitoring for the rest of the week, it increasingly sounds like he may not even have a game status when Kansas City’s final practice report comes out on Friday afternoon.

12 responses to “Patrick Mahomes on his ankle: Wednesday’s practice was probably better than I expected

  1. Chiefs are fine as long as they run the ball more and keep possession time longer than the Bengals.

  2. The very greatest players combine toughness, an unbending will, with extraordinary skill. A few years ago Commanders up and coming star quarterback Sam Howell, then with UNC, got knocked of a game against Wake Forrest. Trailing by 18 points, he came back into the game brilliantly, throwing for 550 years and six touchdowns and notching the win. While no one can reasonably expect Mahomes to match Howell’s performance, look for him to gut it out on Sunday and play at a superstar level.

  3. I hope Mahomes fares better with his ankle injury than the ones to Michael Thomas and AJ Green that seemed to linger forever.

  4. I can just see it now – it looks and feels good and then after the third play, he’s toast.

  5. Smoke and mirrors isn’t beating Burrow. You don’t recover from a high ankle sprain in a week.

  6. Smoke and mirrors isn’t beating Burrow…

    I like those nicknames for Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco (4.37 40) and Kadarius Toney (4.39).

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