After a will-he-or-won’t-he lead-up to the AFC Championship Game, Patrick Mahomes laced up the cleats for the Kansas City Chiefs and lead the team to victory. Mahomes now has two weeks to more fully recover from the high-ankle sprain he suffered in the divisional round, though the injury will remain a fixture of the pre-Super Bowl coverage until further notice.
Obviously, the Chiefs have tied their title hopes to Mahomes. How he goes, so does the team. So any development regarding his health holds considerable importance to how fantasy managers approach the big game.
Patrick Mahomes injury updates
Saturday, Feb. 11 update — Mahomes was removed from the final injury report. He likely isn’t 100%, but he’s also had two weeks of rest and treatment since playing well in the AFC Championship.
Tuesday, Feb. 7 update — Andy Reid told reporters he can’t say Mahomes is 100%, per Albert Breer. This isn’t big news of course, as a high ankle sprain can take more than a month to heal, but he should be healthier than he was in the Championship game.
Wednesday, Feb. 1 update — The Chiefs listed Mahomes as a full participant in Wednesday’s hypothetical practice (the team won’t actually take the field until Thursday afternoon). Given that high-ankle sprains can linger and regress without much notice, Mahomes’ status seems about as promising as it could.
Fantasy football and betting advice
We’ll find out exactly how much progress Mahomes has made when the Chiefs hold their first real practice Thursday, but the early green light should encourage fantasy managers. Mahomes might not reach 100% in time for the Super Bowl, but he has a chance to get pretty close based on this early sign.
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