NASHVILLE — The hit to the head that Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes sustained midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans looked a lot worse than the injury actually was. Despite needing some help getting off the field, Mahomes quickly cleared the concussion protocol. He could have returned to the game if its outcome was still in doubt. But with the Chiefs down three scores, head coach Andy Reid decided to shut his star quarterback down for the day.
Patrick Mahomes injury update
“I feel fine now,” Mahomes told reporters after the game. “It was fourth down, so I was kind of getting held up, and instead of going down I tried to throw the ball. Obviously you all saw the hit. I kind of took my time getting up. I felt fine, but obviously, you have to go through those things, the protocol things, but I did everything I needed to do to be here right now.”
Mahomes took an inadvertent knee to the face from defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons while trying to extend the play on fourth-and-18 from the Titans’ 25-yard line. The collision caused the back of his head to snap back, which is often the way concussions occur. And as Mahomes mentioned, he stayed down for a few moments before rising and slowly walking to the sideline.
“I have full memory of the play,” Mahomes said. “When you get hit pretty hard, sometimes you want to lay there. Plus it was fourth down and I knew the game was kind of at the end there. It was a disappointing day and a disappointing way to end it.
Mahomes has time to recover before Week 8 Monday night game
Mahomes, if nothing else, must be extremely sore after being sacked 4 times and taking as many as 9 hits Sunday. But the schedule is his friend. The Chiefs don’t play again until Nov. 1 — next week’s Monday Night Football game.
Mahomes has appeared in 45 of a possible 48 games since taking over the starting job in 2018. However, he’s dealt with some pretty significant injuries as a pro. He dislocated his kneecap in 2019 and suffered both a concussion and turf toe in last year’s playoffs, needing surgery to fix the toe in the offseason.