The Kansas City Chiefs have lost quarterback Patrick Mahomes to an injury in the third quarter that looked like a potential head injury. He was immediately taken to the sideline with the Chiefs training staff and then ultimately taken into the locker room, although he was able to run there on his own power.
While the Chiefs are dealing with a number of injuries, any loss of Mahomes would obviously be a seismic shift for a team expected to make a Super Bowl run as defending champs. The Chiefs are already down right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on this offense, along with others, so it will be interesting to see how the Chiefs adjust going forward.
Without Mahomes in the game, the Chiefs switched to backup Chad Henne, who is now earning his first ever postseason action. Henne played well as the Chiefs backup in Week 17 against the Los Angeles Chargers in a season-closing loss—the Chiefs rested several starters—which means he’s not as rusty as some might expect him to be. Still the Chiefs are going to miss Mahomes for as long as he’s out as arguably the best overall player in the game.
Given the league’s concussion protocols, it would be surprising if he could return so far on the game, but it depends on what’s happening behind the scenes. So far on the day, Mahomes has completed 21 of 30 yards for 255 passing yards and one touchdown along with one rushing score as well.