Pat Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs
Quarterback #15
Kansas City Chiefs
Quarterback #15
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Full go for camp

Mahomes doesn't anticipate having any restrictions at training camp, as his left foot is fully recovered from February surgery, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: This was expected after Mahomes participated in spring practices. The toe/foot that bothered him at the end of last season is no longer an issue, nor is the rash of injuries that plagued Kansas City's offensive line during the Super Bowl. The team lost longtime starting tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz in the offseason, but then made up for it by signing LG Joe Thuney and trading for LT Orlando Brown. The Chiefs even get Laurent Duvernay-Tardif back from the COVID-19 list, so when all is said and done, their O-line could be better than it was last year. At the skill positions, their offense looks much the same as 2020, minus injury-prone wideout Sammy Watkins (now with the Ravens). As always, Mahomes is set up for success.

Jul 23, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Taking full reps in OTAs

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Thursday that Mahomes (toe) has been a "full go" in practice during the past week of OTAs, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Mahomes sat out Thursday's session, but his absence was apparently a pre-planned maintenance day as part of his recovery program from offseason toe surgery. The quarterback is clearly ahead of schedule in his rehab, and the fact that he hasn't been restricted in practices this spring suggests he'll head into training camp with few limitations, if any. After Mahomes was under siege throughout the Chiefs' loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, Kansas City has made upgrading the offensive line a top priority in the offseason. In addition to getting stalwart right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif back after he opted out of the 2020 season, Kansas City signed left guard Joe Thuney to a five-year, $80 million deal and acquired left tackle Orlando Brown via trade with Baltimore.

May 27, 2021 11:10 AM EST

Ahead of schedule in rehab

Mahomes (toe) is ahead of schedule in his rehab and is expected to participate in offseason OTAs, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It's unclear how much Mahomes will really be expected to do during OTAs, but just the fact the 2019 MVP will even participate at all after undergoing February surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot certainly appears to be a good sign. The Chiefs drastically overhauled the offensive line this season acquiring five new potential starters in the form or Orlando Brown, Joe Thuney, Kyle Long, Austin Blythe and Mike Remmers while also drafting Creed Humphrey in the second round, all with the intention of keeping Mahomes from suffering a battering like he did in Super Bowl LV when he was hit seven times.

May 21, 2021 11:29 AM EST

Getting closer to full strength

Mahomes has regained flexibility in his left toe, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mahomes underwent surgery Feb. 10 to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot, with the expectation of a three-month recovery timeline. With everything seemingly on track, the superstar QB should be healthy for training camp and might even make some on-field appearances at the offseason program or June minicamp.

Apr 19, 2021 9:08 AM EST

Sheds walking boot

Mahomes (toe) was pictured attending the Masters Tournament without a walking boot Thursday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mahomes is nearing the end of his estimated three-month recovery timeframe for surgery surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot Feb. 10, and the fact that he's been cleared to shed his walking boot suggests that things are progressing on track. The NFL recently announced that clubs can kick off Phase One of offseason activities April 19, which includes small group workouts at team facilities, so an official update on Mahomes' health could come then. Of course, mandatory minicamps don't take place until June even in a typical year, and the NFL has yet to announce an offseason schedule beyond April 19's events.

Apr 8, 2021 7:20 PM EST

Restructuring to save cap

Mahomes has agreed to restructure his contract with the Chiefs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Mahomes has acquiesced to convert his $21.7 million roster bonus into a signing bonus, a move which will save the Chiefs roughly $17 million against the cap. That will allow Kansas City some much needed flexibility when free agency kicks off, especially considering that the team just cut both starting tackles, Eric Fisher (Achilles) and Mitchell Schwartz (back). Mahomes is currently recovering from February surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot, but he's expected to be fully healthy for the tentative start of training camp. The star signal-caller should thus have plenty of time to build chemistry with any new faces the Chiefs bring in on offense, though it remains to be seen how the NFL adjusts offseason programs in order to account for COVID-19.

Mar 12, 2021 11:09 AM EST

On track for camp

Mahomes (toe) should need about three months to recover from Feb. 10 surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mahomes should be healthy before training camp, and Chiefs GM Brett Veach even suggested the QB could be ready for mandatory minicamp, which usually takes place the first or second week of June. It isn't even clear that Mahomes will miss any time on the practice field this spring/summer, as NFL teams likely will need to adjust their offseason programs on account of the coronavirus pandemic. In any case, Mahomes doesn't really need the practice reps, especially when he has continuity with his head coach, offensive coordinator and top pass catchers. Kansas City's offensive line has received a lot of criticism since the Super Bowl, but it's generally been a solid unit in recent years, and both starting tackles -- RT Mitchell Schwartz (back) and LT Eric Fisher (Achilles) -- are recovering from surgery after missing the big game.

Mar 1, 2021 8:00 AM EST

Undergoes successful surgery

Mahomes underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mahomes picked up a severe case of turf toe in the divisional-round win over the Browns, but he was able to tough it out for the rest of the postseason, albeit with clear limitations to his mobility. Foot specialist Dr. James Anderson performed the surgery, and according to Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star, the All-Pro quarterback is expected to be 100 percent by training camp.

Feb 10, 2021 7:02 PM EST

Scheduled for foot surgery

Mahomes will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mahomes apparently had a severe case of turf toe, though he claimed he was approaching full strength the week before the Super Bowl. He limped through parts of Kansas City's three playoff games, often escaping pressure despite being unable to run at full speed. Mahomes isn't likely to participate in offseason practices if the Chiefs have them, but the team does expect him to be ready for Week 1 of the 2021 campaign. Foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the surgery Wednesday.

Feb 9, 2021 7:11 AM EST

Held without a score in ugly loss

Mahomes completed 26-of-49 passes for 270 yards and two interceptions in Kansas City's 31-9 loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. He was held without a touchdown for the first time all season.

Analysis: The first double-digit loss of Mahomes' career came with the context of Tampa Bay's pass rush feasting on an O-line depleted of both starting tackles. He also battled a number of dropped passes, including two would-be touchdowns (to Tyreek Hill and Darrel Williams) the combination of which simply proved insurmountable. Mahomes was also still clearly hobbled by the turf toe injury he suffered during the AFC divisional-round game Buffalo, and for which he's expected to undergo offseason surgery. Despite the lopsided loss to Tampa Bay, Mahomes put together yet another outstanding campaign in 2020, as he compiled 4,740 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and six interceptions, in addition to 308 rushing yards and another two scores on the ground. Nor, of course, can it be discounted that Mahomes has now led the Chiefs to back-to-back Super Bowls. With top offensive weapons Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce both returning next season, and his offensive line set to get back to full health, Mahomes will no doubt once again be in the mix as as the first quarterback off the board in fantasy drafts come 2021.

Feb 7, 2021 7:36 PM EST

Offseason toe surgery likely on tap

Mahomes will continue to play through a turf toe injury to his left foot in Sunday's Super Bowl 55 matchup with the Buccaneers, but he's expected to require offseason surgery to address the issue, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though he told Adam Teicher of earlier in the week that he feels "pretty close to 100 percent" and enters the Super Bowl without an injury designation, Mahomes has still been affected by the toe issue since initially picking up the injury in the Chiefs' win over the Browns in the divisional round. Mahomes lacked his usual mobility outside the pocket during the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game victory over the Bills, rushing five times for five yards. The 25-year-old still masterfully dissected the Bills defense through the air (29 for 38 for 325 yards and three touchdowns), but the Buccaneers could present a greater challenge to the quarterback. Mahomes will be without his top left tackle (Eric Fisher, Achilles) and right tackle (Mitchell Schwartz, back) for the Super Bowl, which could make him vulnerable to pressure from star edge rushers Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett.

Feb 7, 2021 5:46 AM EST

Not expecting trouble with toe

Mahomes said his toe is "pretty close to 100 percent" and shouldn't be a problem in the Super Bowl, Adam Teicher of reports.

Analysis: Mahomes injured his toe in the divisional-round win over Cleveland, visibly limping multiple times before a concussion forced him out of the game. He bounced back to throw for 325 yards and three TDs in the AFC Championship Game, but he had just one rush attempt (for nine yards) that wasn't a kneel down. It sounds like Mahomes could be more of a rushing threat in the Super Bowl, where the Chiefs hope to get Sammy Watkins (calf) back in the lineup to face the Bucs.

Feb 2, 2021 7:28 AM EST

Reaches second straight Super Bowl

Mahomes completed 29 of 38 pass attempts for 325 yards and three touchdowns, adding five carries for five yards during Sunday's 38-24 AFC Championship Game win over the Bills.

Analysis: By virtue of Kansas City's 22-17 win over Cleveland in the divisional round, Mahomes garnered the opportunity to become the first quarterback in NFL history to start three conference title games in his first four seasons in the league. Mahomes had to overcome a case of turf toe, and most prudently, a stint in the NFL's concussion protocol to earn his 17th start of the season. After exiting in the third quarter of last Sunday's win over the Browns, Mahomes proved capable of doing just that. Kansas City remained without starting right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (back) for the AFC Championship Game, while Eric Fisher (Achilles) departed during the contest and was unable to return. Still, Buffalo generated only one sack of Mahomes, as the Chiefs were 5-for-6 in converting red-zone opportunities into TDs. The 25-year-old gets his second Super Bowl appearance in as many seasons as he prepares for a fifth career game against Tom Brady. Mahomes is 2-2 in head-to-head matchups against Brady, who will make the 10th Super Bowl appearance of his illustrious career during his debut season in Tampa Bay.

Jan 24, 2021 7:11 PM EST

Playing Sunday, but bothered by toe

Mahomes doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bills, but his mobility could be compromised while he contends with a turf toe issue on his left foot, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Before he exited last week's divisional-round win over the Browns with the head injury, Mahomes didn't look to be moving around at 100 percent, though he still avoided taking a sack and scrambled three times for 14 yards and a touchdown. Mahomes was able to take most of the Chiefs' snaps in practice this week and eventually cleared the NFL's five-step concussion protocol, but since most of those sessions were walk-throughs, he didn't put much strain on the toe in question. For his part, Mahomes doesn't seem to believe his toe is a major concern, saying that the injury has "gotten a lot better every single day." The Chiefs still plan to have Mahomes meet with a foot specialist after the season to determine whether he'll need offseason surgery to provide a more permanent fix for the toe.

Jan 24, 2021 8:06 AM EST

Cleared from concussion protocol

Mahomes (head/toe) has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play in Sunday's game against the Bills, Adam Teicher of reports.

Analysis: Mahomes revealed the big news about 15 minutes after coach Andy Reid told reporters that the QB had one step remaining to clear the protocol. The star quarterback says he hasn't dealt with any concussion symptoms this week, also mentioning that his toe injury feels much better, per Nate Taylor of The Athletic. Mahomes said he'll "go out there and be myself" in the AFC Championship Game against Buffalo.

Jan 22, 2021 11:29 AM EST

One step away from clearance

Coach Andy Reid said Friday that Mahomes has made it through four of five steps in the concussion protocol, Adam Teicher of reports.

Analysis: Mahomes took the majority of practice snaps Wednesday and Thursday, with the Chiefs listing him as a limited participant in both sessions. Regardless of his classification on the Friday injury report, Mahomes will need clearance from an independent neurological consultant and the Chiefs' physician before he can play in the AFC Championship Game against Buffalo on Sunday. Chad Henne will fill in at quarterback if Mahomes isn't able to play.

Jan 22, 2021 11:17 AM EST

Officially limited Thursday

Mahomes (concussion/toe) was officially listed as limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Though Mahomes continues to be listed as limited by the team, Adam Teicher of notes that coach Andy Reid said that the star QB took the majority of signal-caller snaps during Thursday's practice. Friday's final injury report of the week will reveal whether Mahomes draws an injury designation for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bills, or is fully cleared to play by virtue of completely passing through the NFL's concussion protocol.

Jan 21, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Taking most of first-team snaps

The Chiefs seemingly expect Mahomes (concussion) to be ready for Sunday's game against Buffalo, as he received the majority of first-team snaps during Thursday's practice, Adam Teicher of reports.

Analysis: Mahomes also took most of the snaps Wednesday, when he was initially listed as a full participant before the Chiefs downgraded him to LP in accordance with rules for the concussion protocol. He'll still need to pass through the final stages of the protocol to gain clearance for the AFC Championship Game, so it's possible the Chiefs list him as limited when they release their Thursday injury report.

Jan 21, 2021 11:56 AM EST

Listed as limited Wednesday

Kansas City's Wednesday injury report now lists Mahomes (concussion/toe) as a limited participant.

Analysis: Per Adam Teicher of, the team amended its injury report to reflect that Mahomes is still in the NFL's concussion protocol. That said, Teicher points out that coach Any Reid previously indicated that the QB was able to take all the snaps in what is being described as a lighter practice. In any case, Mahomes' participation Wednesday, in any capacity, is a step in the right direction toward gaining medical clearance for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bills.

Jan 20, 2021 1:42 PM EST

Listed as full practice participant

The Chiefs list Mahomes (concussion/toe) as a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: An earlier report suggested Mahomes was a limited participant, but he apparently showed enough to get an FP designation on the Chiefs' official practice report. He's off to a good start in his bid to be cleared for the AFC Championship Game, with his participation Wednesday suggesting he may have already made it to the fourth step of the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. Coach Andy Reid said Thursday's practice will be the important one for evaluating his injured players -- a list that includes Mahomes, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) and WR Sammy Watkins (calf).

Jan 20, 2021 12:49 PM EST

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