After Sunday’s exhilarating 22-17 Divisional Round win over the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs are now faced with a much bigger question:
Will Patrick Mahomes be ready to play in the AFC Championship Game?
Head coach Andy Reid said after Sunday’s win that Mahomes was “feeling good,” and provided a brief update on the \ star quarterback’s condition Monday morning.
“He’s in the [concussion] protocol, and we’ll just follow that and see how he does here in the next couple of days,” Reid said, per Matt McMullen of the team’s website.
Mahomes was forced to exit Sunday’s game late in the third quarter after landing on his head following a tackle and appearing woozy as he got up. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game as he was evaluated for a concussion.
Mahomes will have to be cleared from the concussion protocol in order to even practice in a limited capacity this week, in addition to being available for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Chad Henne, who provided some unlikely heroics for the Chiefs to seal Sunday’s victory, would get the start in Mahomes’ place if he is unable to clear the protocol.
While Henne is the toast of the town at the moment, he took over with a 19-10 lead and only threw eight passes, completing six of them for 66 yards but also threw an interception in the end zone.
He would be tasked with going up against a ferocious Bills defense that limited Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ high-powered rushing attack to just three points last week.