Patrick Mahomes Injury Update: Will Chiefs Star Quarterback Return This Season?

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Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes left Thursday's game against the Denver Broncos with a knee injury and did not return. Mahomes, who has not missed a start since taking over as Chiefs starting quarterback in the final week of the 2017 season, left in pain but the good news is that he was able to walk off the field.

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Mahomes' teammates and Broncos players checked up on him and were concerned while he was leaving the field. Mahomes immediately went to the X-Ray room and the locker room.

David J. Chao, former NFL head team doctor for over 17 years, said that based on the video, Mahomes has a patella dislocation, an injury that typically needs surgery.

If Patrick Mahomes misses time it would obviously be less than ideal for the Chiefs, as it hurts their chances to win the AFC West and go far in the playoffs. Kansas City's backup quarterback is Matt Moore and before Thursday, the 35-year-old had not played in the league since 2017. While Moore has some experience from his time with the Panthers and Dolphins, he is obviously no Patrick Mahomes. Moore replaced Mahomes on Thursday and completed 10 of 19 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown as the Chiefs beat the Broncos 30-6.

Mahomes tweeted the following after the game: "Awesome team win! Love my brothers! Thank you for all the prayers! Everything looking good so far! #GodIsGood #ChiefsKingdom"

Per NFL Insider Ian Rapoport: "Heading into the all-important MRI today, here is where it stands for #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: He's expected to be out at least three weeks with a dislocated kneecap, but there is some real optimism from those involved that he can play through the ailment after that."

Rapoport then said that Mahomes' MRI confirmed a dislocated kneecap but there is no significant additional damage. The reigning NFL MVP will now seek additional opinions because he wants to be sure. It is believed that he will be able to return this season.

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