Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes expresses confidence on injured ankle ahead of AFC championship: ‘It’s good’
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has ended any speculation that he won’t be available for Sunday’s high-stakes AFC Championship game.
Shortly after coach Andy Reid told reporters that Mahomes would likely be at full stretch in Wednesday’s practice, the quarterback took the stage to reveal that his injured ankle is on the mend.
“It’s good. A few days of treatment, a few days of rehab,” the MVP candidate said. “I’m excited to be on the practice field and test it out a little bit and see where I’m at. But it feels good so far.”
Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain during Saturday’s 27-20 win. round of the playoffs over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Shortly after the win, he began healing from a sprain and claimed he would be on the football field for the AFC Championship.
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“I was able to do some more testing just to make sure everything was OK the night after the game. And then do some things to help start the treatment,” Mahomes said. “And the next few days were kind of all-day, where you’re either healing or rehabbing or watching film.”
“But it’s a day-to-day thing, trying to make sure you’re obviously ready for the Bengals and a great football team — mentally and physically.”
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Mahomes was able to return to the game against Jacksonville in the second half, but his style of play changed noticeably. He led the league in outside passing during the regular season, but remained between the tackles for the rest of the divisional round game.
In Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season, Mahomes sprained his left ankle, while Saturday’s injury involved his right ankle.
“Especially when you have different ankles at the quarterback position, you make different plays and throw different things,” Mahomes said. “So the last one, it was the foot that I landed on, so I had to find other ways to throw where I could land and keep it in the right spot. This time I’m going to have to find ways to bounce back and still be able to throw the right ways. So definitely similar in a sense, but different limitations and things that I’ll have to work through.”
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The five-time Pro Bowler noted his right ankle is feeling better than expected, but admitted he will have to work around the injury during Sunday’s game.
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“I’m going to push a little bit today and then the next day and then the next day again and see what I can do to not aggravate the injury again, of course, but to push it to see what I can do. do on Sunday,” Mahomes said.