During the Chief’s regular Monday presser, head coach Andy Reid gave a brief update on Mahomes’ status: He confirmed that Mahomes is in the NFL’s concussion protocol and is doing whatever he can do to be ready for Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills.
He was pressed further about whether or not he thought Mahomes would be available, and he would not commit one way or the other.
“So listen, I just leave that with Rick (Burkholder) and the docs,” Reid said. “Because of the protocol, it’s a no-brainer from the coach’s standpoint. You don’t have to think about it, you just have to make sure you go forward and have an answer if he’s there and an answer if he’s not there. I can’t tell you from a medical standpoint where he’s at. I mean, I don’t know that. That’s their decision and I just follow it.”
As of today, Tuesday, the team is getting ready for both scenarios, playing with or without Mahomes. Unless he clears protocol, he can’t and won’t play.
Let’s not forget there was another Mahomes injury during that game, to his big toe, and Reid addressed that too.
“Yeah, I think he’ll be OK there for right now with the toe part,” Reid said. “I think we’ll be alright there.”
More compelling information will come out on Wednesday when the team comes together for the first time to practice as a group for the AFC Championship game. If you’re a Chiefs fan, cross your fingers. I’m not sure Chad Henne can duplicate the magic against the Bills that he found against the Browns.