Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes is set to take the field for Super Bowl LVII on Sunday. Here’s the most updated information on his high ankle sprain.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will play against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl on February 12, that much is certain. But exactly how much has his ankle injury improved in the past week?
Mahomes has been hobbling on one leg since suffering a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of the Divisional Round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the AFC Championship against the Cincinnati Bengals, Mahomes was in visible discomfort throughout the game but still managed to take command of the passing game to lead his team to a hard-fought victory.
Just like in the last two postseason games, Mahomes is expected to be somewhat limited in mobility once again on Sunday. Earlier this week, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy briefly spoke about the Chiefs putting together “the right game plan” for Mahomes in the Super Bowl.
Then, at the start of Super Bowl media night, Mahomes disclosed that his ankle was “definitely better” than before, a small win for Chiefs fans who are hanging onto every word that comes out about his injury.
Chiefs latest injury update on Patrick Mahomes is more of the same
On Tuesday’s media availability, the Chiefs revealed more good news, albeit regarding Mahomes’ weapons rather than Mahomes’ injury itself.
According to FanSided’s Matt Verderame, head coach Andy Reid said wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney “look good” in practice. Both were listed as questionable on the team’s injury report last week and are still dealing with their respective injuries.
As for Mahomes, Reid didn’t say the quarterback would be at “100 percent” heading into the Super Bowl but that Kansas City’s training staff has “made him functional.”
Having watched Mahomes play with a heavily taped ankle for the last two playoff games, it’s safe to say that his ankle sprain doesn’t hinder his passing abilities that much. He threw for nearly 200 yards against Jacksonville and over 300 yards against Cincinnati, adding two touchdowns in each game.
Barring an unforeseen setback, Mahomes will be out there on the field on Sunday competing for the second ring in his career. Don’t underestimate Mahomes, but don’t underestimate “Mahomes on one leg,” either.