Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will play against the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2023 AFC Championship Game. The star quarterback suffered a high ankle sprain in the Divisional Round of the 2023 NFL Playoffs against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned to the game after having his ankle heavily taped by the team’s medical staff. Mahomes vowed to play in the next round. On Wednesday in the team’s press conference, he told the media that he is “ready to go” when asked about his ankle. In practice, he has been spotted jogging on the ankle and does look to be in good shape for the game.
Mahomes is ready to play Sunday. Just ask @PatrickMahomes. pic.twitter.com/dxawnMjXxx
— NFL (@NFL) January 25, 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 as well as one catch for six yards on the season. Mahomes is spectacular in the pocket, but the true magic happens when he scrambles outside of the pocket. The question of his mobility with the injury will only be answered in the game itself.
While Chad Henne is a capable backup quarterback, the team is clearly better with their star quarterback under center. The game against the Cincinnati Bengals will be the second year in a row the two teams have faced off in the AFC Championship Game. That game is set to kick off in Kansas City on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST.