If you haven’t heard or seen by now, Patrick Mahomes was injured on a quarterback sneak during Thursday’s night win over the Denver Broncos on October 17th, 2019. Mahomes dislocated his kneecap (patella) on the play and a Chiefs’ trainer quickly popped it back in place on the field. According to MRI reports, Mahomes did not suffer significant additional damage beyond the dislocated kneecap and the injury “turned out to be a best-case scenario.” The reigning league’s MVP will likely miss at least 4 to 6 weeks and have to play with a knee brace, but it has be yet to be determined on whether or not he will need knee surgery after the season.
Mahomes laid on the field in obvious pain and the injury appeared to be much more significant. However, we were all able to breathe a sigh of relief when Mahomes was able to walk off the field with the assistance of the Chiefs’ medical staff. He even walked off the field into the locker room on his own accord before halftime. Backup quarterback Matt Moore played the rest of the game in relief of Mahomes. At the end of the game, Mahomes could be seen in the locker room with a brace on his knee celebrating the Chiefs’ victory with his teammates.
Prior to the game, Mahomes was already dealing with a high ankle sprain. While some may call it a fluke accident, I personally do not agree with Andy Reid’s call to run a quarterback sneak with Mahomes under center. In my opinion, it’s too risky of a play to run with a franchise quarterback who is already injured. The Chiefs have so many weapons and could have easily run another play to pick up the first down or kick a field goal. After the game, Coach Andy Reid said: “not too many people get hurt on a sneak, and so it’s a freak thing, and you know, it happens.” Reid goes on to say how he was proud of the way everyone stepped up on the team after the injury.
Mahomes was already having another MVP season by throwing 2,180 passing yards and 15 touchdowns in only seven games. Mahomes was 157-of-241 in passing and has only thrown one interception so far this season. He was certainly making another case for himself to win the MVP for the second consecutive season, but we’ll have to wait and see if he can bounce back from this injury.