Believe it or not, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has announced that quarterback Patrick Mahomes will start this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. The league’s reigning MVP is ready to get back in action and has his eyes set on Sunday.
It’s been less than a month since Mahomes went down with a dislocated kneecap against the Denver Broncos. Mahomes was expected to miss at least three games, but he only sat out two. During Mahomes’ absence, the Chiefs went 1-1 with veteran backup quarterback Matt Moore behind center. Moore threw a total of 542 yards and three touchdowns during his two starts, but he will now head back to the bench. With Moore playing well, the Chiefs could let Mahomes rest for one more week, but the Oakland Raiders have been making a run for the AFC West title with recent wins. With a potential first-round bye at stake, the Chiefs will go back to their franchise quarterback on the road.
While many may think it’s too early to put Mahomes back in the lineup, Reid has insisted that Mahomes would only return when the medical staff has declared him healthy enough to play. “We’re not going to put him out there unless it’s safe,” said Reid. Mahomes was a full participant in practice this week as he continued to work towards an early return. In a press conference, Mahomes says “he’s feeling good, got a good week of practice, and is ready to get out there.”