Patrick Mahomes ankle injury: Chiefs HC Andy Reid provides major update
Patrick Mahomes suffered an ankle injury during the NFL playoffs following the 2022 season. The injury occurred when the Kansas City Chiefs faced off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round following the Chiefs' first-round bye.
Mahomes hurt his ankle in the first quarter of the game, forcing him to miss the entire second quarter before going into the locker room for halftime.
Thankfully for the Chiefs, Mahomes was able to return to the game in the third quarter and played every snap of the second half of the game. He wasn't forced to miss anymore time during the Chiefs' postseason run, which included a victory against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Conference Championship game and the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
While he didn't have to miss any additional time during the playoffs last year, Patrick Mahomes was clearly seen limping during the games. The ankle injury proved to have some effect on his performance on the field, but it wasn't enough to prevent him from earning his second Super Bowl MVP award. The question now surrounds whether or not it will affect him for the upcoming 2023 NFL season.
Head coach Andy Reid recently gave an update on his superstar quarterback's recovery process during the 2023 NFL offseason.
“He didn’t have to get anything done. He’s doing good, he feels good. This time, he jumped right back into workouts and working the ankle, rehabbing the ankle. He’s lifting and running the parts that he could run, and he didn’t miss a beat on that.”
Reid's update should be a sigh of relief for the Chiefs or anyone who was worried that the ankle injury could potentially affect his status for Week 1 of the 2023 NFL season. It sounds like Patrick Mahomes is on track to be fully recovered and ready to go next year. He will look to defend his NFL MVP award while the Chiefs also defend their Super Bowl ring.
Patrick Mahomes injury history
Patrick Mahomes has suffered his fair share of injuries during his short time in the NFL so far. The style in which he plays the quarterback position contributes to a higher risk of injuries, as he often scrambles to extend plays, resulting in being hit more often.
Mahomes' injury history is highlighted by a dislocated knee in 2019, a concussion with a turf toe in 2021, a bruised foot in 2022, and a high ankle sprain in 2023. While this is a bit concerning for the Chiefs' franchise player, he's also demonstrated great durability by being able to play through the pain and not allowing injuries to keep him sidelined for too long.