Mahomes Says He’ll Be Ready to Play After ‘Scary’ Hand Injury
A Worrisome Injury On The Field
Although the Kansas City Chiefs earned a big win over the AFC-rival Patriots last weekend, the news wasn’t all good for Andy Reid’s team. Early on in Kansas City’s 23-16 victory, quarterback Patrick Mahomes landed awkwardly after being hit.
Mahomes would finish the game and help the Chiefs improve to 9-4 on the season, but the result of his fall was a hand injury that Mahomes said was “a little scary after the game.”
According to Mahomes, the bruising and swelling were enough to keep him from properly gripping a football up until Wednesday’s practice. Against New England, the injury forced Reid to adjust the Chiefs’ offensive game plan in favor of shorter throws to relive some of the stress on Mahomes’ hand.
X-rays were negative, and Mahomes says,
“A lot of the swelling went down these last two days, so I was able to throw the football around today.”
However, the rest of Kansas City’s season could be in jeopardy if Mahomes’ hand injury is aggravated this Sunday against Denver.
A big concern for the MVP quarterback is the fact that Mahomes said Wednesday “was the first day I was really able to get a grip on (the ball).” This put into question whether or not Mahomes has regained his normal dexterity and accuracy with the football in the aftermath of the injury.
Is Mahomes Injury Prone?
In the shorter term, the Chiefs organization will be happy that this hand injury seems to be a minor incident. The long term, however, is an entirely different story.
After suffering a badly bruised hand, Mahomes found himself on the Kansas City injury report for the third time this year. The quarterback began the season with a sprained ankle against Jacksonville in the season opener, then suffered a dislocated kneecap that kept him out for approximately three weeks.
Mahomes is lucky to still be playing football after the latter injury, which appeared more extreme as it happened and could easily have been a season-ending one.
How Should Reid Proceed With Mahomes?
Either way, it’s felt like Mahomes has been limping around or nursing an injury more often than he’s been his usual, elite self this year. That reality should have Reid and the Chiefs concerned.
As Kansas City finishes up the regular season with an eye on the second seed in the AFC that would earn it a bye week in the playoffs, the Chiefs should focus on getting their star quarterback to the postseason with a healthy body.
Chiefs Preparing For Another Deep Playoff Run
After beginning the year as one of the favorites in the AFC, the Chiefs began tumbling down the list after a run of four losses in six games. However, Mahomes and company have been able to right the ship with a three-game winning streak that continued with a big win in New England.
Assuming the Chiefs can keep Mahomes upright and on the field, should we be expecting another AFC Championship Game in their future?
Have The Betting Odds Moved With Mahomes Return?
According to the odds, Kansas City has a great chance to reach the conference title game. The AFC appears to be coming down to three teams: Baltimore Ravens, New England, and Kansas City.
To win the conference:
- The Ravens are the favorite with odds of -105.
- Despite losing to the Chiefs on Sunday, the Patriots are second on the list with odds of +230.
- After putting together a string of victories, Kansas City is now on the heels of the two other AFC heavyweights and owns odds of +350 to win the conference.
With the closest teams to that trio having odds of +2000, expect two of those favorites to be facing off for a chance to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.