Nothing moves NFL point spreads at the sportsbook like the unknown status of a starting quarterback, and Patrick Mahomes’ apparent concussion captures all the attention of the sports betting world. In today’s NFL news, Mahomes is back at practice.
In another sign he’s right on schedule to suit up fpr Sunday’s AFC Championship Game with the Buffalo Bills, quarterback Patrick Mahomes appeared on the practice field Thursday, and this time he sported a helmet.
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Mahomes is still under the league’s concussion protocol though it’s still unclear if his clinical diagnosis was actually a concussion. By rule, it requires only the presence of symptoms to be placed on the concussion protocol, which is what happened to Mahomes after he took a hit in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns.
After Thursday’s practice, coach Andy Reid commented on Mahomes’ practice participation. “Pat looked good out there. He did a nice job when he was doing it. Looks like he’s moving around well. He feels good. It’s just important that we follow the protocol, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Reid also suggested that Mahomes participated in “most” of the snaps in practice. While that would be a downgrade from Wednesday’s report that he took all the snaps, it doesn’t seem to be concerning. Observers suggest Kansas City would not be prioritizing the practices to Mahomes if his status were in serious doubt. (No mention has been made of Chad Henne in practice with the first team so far this week.)
The Chiefs still listed Mahomes as “limited” in Thursday’s practice, but that may be because Mahomes is still in the concussion protocol. The team had to issue a correction to Wednesday’s opening practice report after they initially listed Mahomes as a “full” practice participant.
It’s still unclear if Mahomes advanced to the fifth and final stage of concussion protocol, but his activity so far implies he is at least at the fourth step in the process. It’s also unlikely that will be clarified at all, since he may finish the week as a limited practice participant and be cleared to play on Saturday.
Mahomes also reported a turf toe injury, which inhibited him last week, but Reid has since suggested Mahomes’ toe is not an issue. It’s unclear if that’s truly the case or if the toe injury is overshadowed by his concussion status.
At any rate, all signs point toward Mahomes’ full availability. The team will hold its final practice of the week on Friday. Mahomes still has to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he is able to play. (That approval could be given as late as game day.)
Check back as kickoff approaches with the BetUS NFL injury report to find a breakdown of all the teams’ injuries and practice updates.