Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain but is expected to play in the 2023 AFC Championship. He suffered the injury in the team’s 27-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Divisional Round of the 2022-23 NFL Playoffs. Mahomes missed time in that game but did return after the Chiefs’ training staff heavily taped up his ankle. In the game, he completed 22 of his 30 passes for 195 and two touchdowns. Backup quarterback Chad Henne completed five of his seven passing attempts for 23 yards and one touchdown. Mahomes looked good in the pocket, but not very mobile in the game after the injury.
MRI today confirmed that Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain during Saturday’s win over the Jaguars, per league source. “Nothing more than that,” said one source, and Mahomes has said he plans to play in next Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 22, 2023
This season with the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes completed 435 passes for 5,250 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions on 648 attempts. He also rushed the ball 61 times for 358 yards and four rushing touchdowns. This season he also caught one pass for six yards. Mahomes is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL and even on one ankle, the team is clearly better with him on the field.
We are witnessing one of the greatest performances of Patrick Mahomes’ illustrious career. Throwing jump pass touchdowns on an injured ankle. Don’t take it for granted. #ChiefsKingdom @KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/oQnuQhONrJ
— Jared Koller (@JaredKCTV5) January 22, 2023
For Patrick Mahomes in the 2023 AFC Championship Game, it will be all about pain management. This injury will likely limit his mobility, but he is still very good in the pocket. The Kansas City Cheifs are set to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2023 AFC Championship on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST.