|ADP:||Round: 1, Pick: 9|
|Team:||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 225 lb.|
|Born:||September 17, 1995|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 1 (10)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ESPN.com 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.
Mahomes said his toe is "pretty close to 100 percent" and shouldn't be a problem in the Super Bowl, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com 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.
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.
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.
Mahomes (head/toe) has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play in Sunday's game against the Bills, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com 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.
Coach Andy Reid said Friday that Mahomes has made it through four of five steps in the concussion protocol, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com 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.
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 ESPN.com 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.
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 ESPN.com 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.
Kansas City's Wednesday injury report now lists Mahomes (concussion/toe) as a limited participant.
Analysis: Per Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, 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.
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).
Mahomes (concussion/toe) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, ESPN.com's Adam Teicher reports.
Analysis: Mahomes reportedly took all the QB snaps, though it wasn't a physically demanding practice. He's off to a good start in his bid to be cleared for the AFC Championship Game, with his participation Wednesday -- even in a limited capacity -- suggesting he may already be on 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).
Mahomes (concussion/toe) took all the snaps at Wednesday's practice, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It isn't clear if he'll be listed as a full participant or limited. Either way, Mahomes' availability for the AFC Championship Game will depend on his ability to clear the concussion protocol, rather than his practice participation throughout the week. He's also listed with a toe injury, but it isn't believed to threaten his availability for Sunday.
Mahomes (concussion/toe) is expected to practice Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: ESPN's Adam Schefter notes that Mahomes cleared "some big steps" Monday, but the QB -- who is also dealing with a toe injury -- is still in the NFL's concussion protocol at this stage. While Mahomes' toe issue is being downplayed by coach Andy Reid, the star signal-caller's status for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Bills has yet to be solidified. If Mahomes isn't cleared for the contest, Chad Henne would start at quarterback for Kansas City in his place.
Though Mahomes cleared "some big steps" Monday, he remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: While that's a step in the right direction for the star QB, Schefter notes that "it's too early to say" that Mahomes will "definitely" be cleared to play in Sunday's AFC Championship game. Further context with regard to Mahomes' progress will arrive no later than Wednesday, once Kansas City re-takes the practice field.
Coach Andy Reid said Monday that Mahomes (concussion) "will be ok" in reference to his toe injury, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Mahomes was evaluated in the medical tent due to a toe injury in the first quarter of the AFC divisional-round win over the Browns, but he managed to tough out the issue before later suffering a concussion in the third quarter. Reid responded with less direct optimism when asked about Mahomes' chances of being able to practice prior to Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bills, saying "that's for [the medical staff] to decide," per Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star. In order to suit up against Buffalo, Mahomes will first need to fully clear the league's five-step protocol for concussions, the final phase of which includes meeting with an independent neurologist, but it sounds like he'll at least have his mobility intact if given the green light to play.
Coach Andy Reid said after Sunday's divisional-round win against the Browns that Mahomes (concussion) is "doing great right now" and "passed all of the deals he had to pass,"Jeff Darlington of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The Chiefs lost Mahomes in the middle of the third quarter, when had difficulty getting to his feet and clearly was wobbly as he was assisted to the sideline. After a visit to the locker room, subsequent testing revealed a concussion diagnosis, meaning the quarterback will need to pass through the protocol for head injuries in order to suit up in the AFC Championship Game. According to Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star, Reid noted the team will "see how he is tomorrow," but there may not be a sense of his progress through the aforementioned protocol until Kansas City reconvenes for practice Wednesday. In Mahomes' stead, Chad Henne ended up leading Kansas City to a 22-17 victory and will be the starter under center next Sunday against the Bills if the former is unable to go.
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