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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Report: Chiefs may hold Patrick Mahomes out through Week 12 bye

Patrick Mahomes

An MRI on Friday revealed that Patrick Mahomes did not sustain ligament damage when he suffered a dislocated knee during Thursday night’s win over the Denver Broncos, which is the best news the star quarterback could have received given the circumstances. Now, the question is how long he will have to sit out.

Initial reports on Thursday indicated the best-case scenario for Mahomes would be a three-week absence. However, the Chiefs have four games remaining before their bye, and Albert Breer of The MMQB reports that there is a chance Mahomes could be held out through then.

The Chiefs have a tough upcoming schedule with games against the Packers, Vikings, Titans and Chargers. It would be nice to have Mahomes back before the end of that stretch, but they will likely play things safe with their franchise cornerstone. If Mahomes is anything less than 100 percent healthy before the bye, the team will almost certainly give him the extra time to recover.

Whether he misses three, four, or five games, Mahomes has to be pleased with how things have turned out given how bad the injury looked on Thursday.

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