Patrick Mahomes is one step closer to playing in the AFC Championship game as he practiced with the team Thursday afternoon. He remains in the concussion protocol as the Chiefs seek full clearance for their starting quarterback.
Mahomes completed the practice and workouts as a limited participant which indicates he is on pace for clearance. Players that have entered the NFL concussion protocol typically are not allowed to wear their helmets during practice.
Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid said “Pat looked good out there, he’s moving around well. He feels good. It’s just important we follow the protocol, and that’s what we’re doing.”
If Mahomes is unable to go this weekend the Chiefs will start veteran backup Chad Henne. He closed out last week’s game against the Browns after Mahomes left with his injury in the third quarter.
The Chiefs play the Buffalo Bills for the AFC Conference Championship this Sunday. In order to be cleared to play, Patrick Mahomes must pass a 5 step process put in place by the NFL. Once he passes through that he will have to be cleared by the Chiefs’ team physician. Then after that, he must be seen and separately cleared by an Independent Neurological Consultant that has been jointly approved by the NFLPA and NFL.
In addition to Mahomes, cornerback Bashaud Breeland (concussion), running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip), and wide receiver Sammy Watkins(calf) were spotted on the practice field. Cornerback Willie Gay (ankle), and running back Le’Veon Bell did not practice Thursday.
Kickoff for the AFC Championship game is set for 6:40pm EST on January 24th.