Why Patrick Mahomes could return from knee injury sooner than expected
Patrick Mahomes remarkably returned to practice this week only six days after suffering a dislocated knee cap, and apparently that can be attributed to his rather unique physical makeup.
Mahomes will not play on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers, but he has not been ruled out for next week’s matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the reigning NFL MVP has bounced back so quickly because of the way his knee is built. Mahomes’ ligaments are naturally loose, which is part of the reason only one of them sustained damage, and that damage was not significant.
In simpler terms, Rapoport said he was told Mahomes’ knee has “built-in protection.”
Mahomes was limited in practice during the week, and the Kansas City Chiefs are obviously going to play it safe with him. However, it is certainly a good sign that he has a chance to suit up in Week 9 given how ugly the injury looked initially. Reports indicated that Mahomes could miss around three weeks, but that is now looking like the maximum amount of time he would be out.