Chiefs QB Mahomes expected to miss 4-6 weeks

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) lies on the field after being injured against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) lies on the field after being injured against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is helped by trainers after getting injured against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is helped by trainers after getting injured against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is out for at least a few weeks after an injury on the field Thursday.

Some analysts suggest Mahomes could only be out for three or four games because of a dislocated kneecap, but the NFL has not confirmed the severity of the injury. Associated Press reports Mahomes could be back in four to six weeks.

“Uh oh, now what?” said Mark Bell, former Seattle Seahawks player and father of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Blake Bell. “It’s kind of a mentality of ‘next man up, but there’s no next man up when it’s Patrick Mahomes.”

Bell said his son was on the field when Mahomes went down Thursday in Denver.

“When it first happened, he was on the goal line on that one,” Bell said. “He knew something was wrong when Pat didn’t get back up.”

KAKE News spoke with an orthopedic surgeon in Wichita, Dr. Sam Ashby. He gave us a look at what the best case and worst-case scenarios could be for this type of dislocated kneecap injury.

“If you go through the footage and look into the slow-mo, that’s exactly the kind of injury that he had,” Dr. Ashby said. “An opposing player’s knee goes right into the side of his knee, causing the dislocation of the patella.”

Dr. Ashby said a few injuries can happen with a dislocated kneecap, including “disruption of the medial patella femoral ligament.” Dr. Ashby said that would put Mahomes out for about three weeks, which is what analysts now expect. But, if that injury turns out to be worse, it could mean a longer recovery.

“If you knock off a large piece of the cartilage or the bone underneath attached to that cartilage, that could spell out a longer time away from the field and a little bit more time in the recovery,” Dr. Ashby said. But, the doctor said watching Mahomes walk out of the stadium was a good sign.

These next few weeks without their star quarterback are likely to be rough for the Chiefs. But, fans are optimistic they could still make the Super Bowl.

“The Chiefs defense played last night, I think they looked great,” Bell said. “I feel real excited about that. So, we get Patrick back, I think we can do it.”


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A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes escaped significant damage to ligaments when he dislocated his right kneecap against Denver and could be back in 4-6 weeks.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the Chiefs have not revealed any sort of timetable for his return. Mahomes underwent an MRI exam earlier in the day.

The reigning league MVP was hurt during the Chiefs' 30-6 win in Denver on Thursday night while sneaking for a first down on fourth-and-short deep in Broncos territory. Everyone jumped up from the pile but Mahomes, who immediately grabbed for his right knee as trainers rushed onto the field.

Team physicians were able to get his patella back in place on the field. Mahomes shooed away a cart and walked off with their help, his limp lessening as he reached the locker room.


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Now the wait begins to see how long it takes Patrick Mahomes to return from a gruesome right knee injury.

Waiting in the wings, just in case: 35-year-old backup Matt Moore.

Mahomes, the MVP quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, was hurt on a second-quarter sneak in a 30-6 win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid doesn't yet know how long Mahomes may be sidelined as the Chiefs (5-2) snapped a two-game skid with Moore stepping in and the Chiefs defense stepping up (nine sacks and a defensive score).

"We need time to evaluate," Reid said. "I'll leave it at that."

Facing fourth-and-short deep in Denver territory, Mahomes picked up a first down by sneaking through the line.

As the pile began to clear, Mahomes didn't jump up.

Struggling to straighten his right knee, he tossed his helmet to the side and covered his face with both hands. His teammates immediately checked on him. Seeing Mahomes' condition, receiver Tyreek Hill put his hands on his helmet in concern - a feeling shared by a legion of Chiefs fans. Mahomes is a big reason why Kansas City was a preseason favorite to reach its second straight AFC championship game.

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. showed his respect by coming over and shaking Mahomes' hand.

"You looked at it and were like, 'Oh no, there is something wrong with him,'" Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said. "You just hope a guy isn't injured that bad and can come back."

One of the members of the Kansas City medical team worked on the knee to help straighten it out. A cart was summoned to take him away, but Mahomes refused to use it.

Instead, he put an arm around each trainer and made his way off the field. Mahomes, who entered the game with a sore ankle, then slowly made his way into the locker room.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wrote on his Twitter account: "Praying for you bro." It was a similar sentiment shared by Houston QB Deshaun Watson on social media: "Praying my bro @PatrickMahomes is straight!"

The reigning MVP was 10 of 11 for 76 yards and a 125.8 rating before his injury.

Mahomes has thrown 15 touchdown passes and one interception this season. Last weekend in a loss to Houston, Mahomes recorded his 14th career game with at least three TD passes. That's third-most in team history.

Moore's number was called. Before going in, he tapped Mahomes on the chest and wished him well. When Moore entered the huddle, he had a quick conversation with his teammates.

"Just something to let them know we were going to be all right. Kind of got them fired up a little bit," said Moore, who didn't play last season. "I just said, 'Hey, I need you guys. You guys need me. Let's go here. Help me and let's go.'"

It worked. Moore finished 10 of 19 for 117 yards and a 57-yard TD strike to Hill in the third quarter. Moore also had a grasp of the playbook despite being signed around two months ago after an injury Chad Henne.

"He goes, 'Let's go. I know it all. I'm good. Just call it. Let's roll,'" Reid recounted. "He's got ice water in the veins, that whole deal. He doesn't flinch. There's no panic."

After the game, Moore said Mahomes addressed the team in the locker room and praised the defense for a nine-sack performance.

Then, he complimented Moore.

"He said something about me, yes," Moore said. "He said, 'How about my guy, Matt?' ... I'm trying to downplay it.

"We're excited for the win, division opponent, road game - all things that are hard to do," Moore added. "At the same, a guy like Patrick gets hurt it can be deflating. He's obviously a huge part of this team, a huge part of the league. You hate to see that. We all know that injuries are part of this game. He's doing to do his best to get back out as quick as he can."

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