- Sam Mellinger reports that Mahomes’ recovery could be three to four weeks. However, a source stressed to Mellinger the need for second opinions on his injury.
Mahomes will undergo second opinions but is expected to return this season following a brief absence.
Adam Schefter reports Mahomes’ MRI “turned out to be a best-case scenario” in the words of a league source. A league source previously told Schefter “if there’s no damage, the best case would be around three weeks.”
Otherwise, Schefter says it could be “downright dreary for the Chiefs, their fans and the league as a whole.”
David Chao explained the Chiefs can hope for is a return in a few weeks with a brace, but these injuries can require surgery and possibly be a season-ending issue.
Mahomes suffered the injury when he converted a quarterback sneak on 4th-and-1. Matt Moore replaced Mahomes at quarterback for the Chiefs.
Mahomes, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2016. The Chiefs traded first and third-round picks in 2017 to go along with another first-round pick in 2018 for the right to draft Mahomes.
Mahomes is currently in the third year of his four-year, $16.4 million contract and set to make base salaries of $645,000 and $735,000 over the final two years of the agreement.
The Chiefs have a fifth-year option they can pick up on Mahomes to ensure he’s under contract through 2021 and from there they could always franchise him if need be.
Entering Thursday’s game, Mahomes had appeared in six games for the Chiefs and completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 2,104 to go along with 14 touchdowns and one interception. He has also rushed for 80 yards.
We’ll have more regarding Mahomes as the news is available.