Patrick Mahomes Clears Concussion Protocol

Jan. 22, 2:00pm: Mahomes has cleared the concussion protocol, as the star QB announced to reporters this afternoon. Players who are in the protocol don’t meet with the media, so the fact that Mahomes had press availability suggested that he had been given the all-clear, and that is indeed the case. With that, the much-anticipated showdown between Mahomes’ Chiefs and Josh Allen‘s Bills will have its headliners.

Jan. 20, 3:28pm: The Chiefs listed Mahomes as limited in today’s practice, though Mike Garafolo of notes this was more of an estimation on his status since the team partook in a light workout overall (Twitter link). But had Kansas City gone through a full practice, its all-world quarterback would have been limited. Reid said Mahomes has yet to be cleared for full contact work, per the Washington Post’s Mark Maske (on Twitter). This points to Thursday being a pivotal day for Mahomes, who is in the final stages of the concussion protocol.

Jan. 20, 10:31am: Patrick Mahomes will practice on Wednesday, but he’ll be taking it easy, as’s Ian Rapoport tweets. The Chiefs quarterback remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol but plans to slowly ramp things up over the course of the week.

Fortunately, Mahomes is symptom-free after taking an ill-fated hard hit against the Browns. Mahomes was left dazed in the third quarter, forcing him out of the game in favor of Chad Henne. Henne had never thrown a postseason pass before — he went on to record his first ever playoff victory.

At this point, Mahomes is on track to be cleared in time for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. Still, there are hurdles to clear. Per the league’s protocol, the QB must go through five steps; his light Wednesday workout is part of step No. 4. After going through a full practice, Mahomes will need the green light from team doctors and an independent neurologist.

So listen, I just leave that with [team trainer] Rick [Burkholder] and the docs,” head coach Andy Reid said earlier this week. “Because of the protocol, it’s a no-brainer from the coach’s standpoint. You don’t have to think about it, you just have to make sure you go forward and have an answer if he’s there and an answer if he’s not there. I can’t tell you from a medical standpoint where he’s at. I mean, I don’t know that. That’s their decision and I just follow it.”

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17 comments on “Patrick Mahomes Clears Concussion Protocol

  1. phenomenalajs

    If Chiefs were leading when Mahomes left the game and they never lost the lead, does Henne still get credit for the victory?

    • crosseyedlemon

      Anytime a backup QB enters the game and posts a passer rating 47.5 points worse than the starter he should get tons of credit for the victory.

  2. arty!

    How or why is Mahomes in the concussion protocol if he has a neck injury? I believe he was concussed, but all I hear out of KC & sports media is it’s a neck injury.

    • frank858

      On the hit that Mahomes took his neck whipped which caused the neck injury and a concussion can easily happen from that because his brain got rattled on that same play as well. Hence he had a concussion and neck injury.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Actually the league would probably prefer the Bills win since it might convince the Pegula’s to keep the team in Buffalo long term.

      • Yep it is

        No way the NFL approves a franchise like Buffalo to move. They would never get the owners votes.

        • crosseyedlemon

          The owners have never successfully blocked a relocation and they really have no incentive to do so if a move results in greater revenue for the league.

        • bleeding_blue_138

          Pretty sure everyone said the same thing about the Raiders going to Vegas.

  3. Crycket

    How convenient. The second I saw him go down, I said “Yeah, like the NFL will let arguably their biggest young star miss the chance to go to back-to-back SuperBowls.”

  4. tothestars7991

    If he gets a second concussion this is going to look really bad on the possibility of the NFL having influence over these doctors. Everyone assumes they have influence over them, but up until now there’s been no situation as obvious as this. If this was during the regular season, the media would’ve been talking about how long will he miss instead of he’ll be back by Sunday…

  5. DarkSide830

    for anyone asking – no, they wouldn’t have moved the game if Mahomes didnt clear, and its clear the NFL doesnt want to break such rules to avoid a lawsuit. stop creating baseless conspiracy theories.

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