The Kansas City Chiefs are breathing at least a little bit of a sigh of relief on Friday morning. A day after quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a dislocated knee cap on Thursday Night Football, the team learned there is no significant additional damages, according to NFL Network. Ian Rapoport and James Palmer reported that Mahomes will seek additional opinions to confirm, but [t]he plan is for him to return this season after a brief absence.”
This is great news for the Chiefs and football fans in general. Mahomes is one of the most entertaining players in the NFL, and a critical component to the Chiefs (and fantasy owners!) success. The team’s Super Bowl odds were hurt by the injury, but they will not drop too precipitously if Mahomes is in fact able to return in the next few weeks.
The Chiefs schedule the next five weeks includes games at home against the Packers and Vikings, on the road against the Titans, and at home against the Chargers, followed by a bye. The team will assuredly not rush Mahomes back into action, so we’ll see just how long it takes. In 2009, Matthew Stafford missed three weeks covering two games and a bye week from a dislocated knee cap. If Mahomes’ injury is similar, this is a huge win for the Chiefs — all things considered.