Mahomes 'ready to go' for AFC Championship Game
Two days after Andy Reid said Patrick Mahomes would play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback reiterated his coach's sentiment.
'"AFC championship week," Mahomes said Wednesday. '"I'm ready to go."
Mahomes confirmed he would play four days after sustaining a high ankle sprain while being tackled by two Jacksonville Jaguars defenders towards the end of the first quarter of Kansas City's 27-20 divisional-round win.
He sat out Saturday's second quarter but after X-rays during the game came back negative, he returned in the second half to lead the Chiefs to a fifth straight AFC title game.
An MRI on Sunday showed no structural damage, and Mahomes said the right ankle is doing much better.
"It's doing good," he said. "I've done a few days of treatment, a few days of rehab. I'm excited to get on the practice field and kind of test it out and see where I'm at. But it's feeling good so far."
Wednesday marked the first of three practices for the Chiefs in preparation for the Bengals. Reid said Mahomes would go through a full practice without any limitations, so it appears the team is not too concerned with the injury.
Before practice, Mahomes was named a finalist for the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award.
The 2018 NFL MVP led the league with 5,250 passing yards and 41 touchdown passes while helping the Chiefs to an AFC-best 14-3 record.