KANSAS CITY, Mo. – If there was ever any doubt about his availability for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Patrick Mahomes put an end to it.
“AFC championship week,” the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback said of Sunday’s title game against the Cincinnati Bengals. “Ready.”
Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of Saturday’s 27-20 divisional round playoff victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He came back into the game in the second half.
Coach Andy Reid said he expected Mahomes to be a full practice participant on Wednesday. Mahomes said the ankle has progressed since the game against the Jaguars.
“I’m fine,” he said. “I had a few days of treatment, a few days of rehabilitation. Excited to get out on the practice field and test it out a little bit and see where I stand. But so far it feels good.
“I felt better than I thought I would be after the game. Carrying on during the game definitely hurt. But after the game I was able to rest it and ice it up a bit and do other things. I felt in a little better position and the next morning I obviously felt a little bit better, and then things got better all week after that, so we’ll see how I feel in practice today.”
Mahomes’ style of play changed after he returned to the game against the Jaguars. He led the league in passes from outside the pocket in the regular season, but made no such throws in the second half.
It was only his second half this season in which he made no throws out of the pocket. Mahomes said he expected to sidestep the injury against the Bengals.
“I’ll have to find ways to push off and still make the throws the right way,” he said. “I’ll push it a little bit today and then the next day and then the next day and see what I can do. Not aggravating the injury of course, but pushing to see what I can do on Sunday.”