The Kansas City Chiefs won their first playoff game in 22 years on Saturday afternoon, pounding the Houston Texans by a 30-0 count. However, there was a dark moment when in the third quarter, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin went down awkwardly and left the field in tears on a cart.
On Sunday, head coach Andy Reid spoke at a press conference and updated the situation. Reid explained to the local press that Maclin is going for an MRI today and while he has pain, it is more in his ankle than the knee. This could potentially be a huge break for the Chiefs if Maclin has perhaps a sprained ankle and not a torn ACL.
It would be stunning if Maclin is able to play on Saturday against the New England Patriots. Even if Maclin has just a minor ankle sprain (which is still very wishful thinking) he probably won’t be ready within a week’s time.
Without Maclin, the onus falls on Chris Conley, Albert Wilson and Jason Avant to step up and make plays. Conley would be the next man up, taking over for Maclin on the outside. It’s not ideal, but neither was the Jamaal Charles injury. This team has no quit, so here’s to rolling on through the Patriots.