Best Case Scenario for Patrick Mahomes: Out at Least 3 Weeks

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Don Shapiro
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The Kansas City Chiefs report that starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes has suffered a right patellar (kneecap) dislocation.

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The injury occurred in the second quarter of Thursday night's 30-6 victory over the Broncos in Denver.

Mahomes will undergo an MRI to determine whether there is any ligament damage, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Oddsmakers at BetOnline have shifted the Chiefs odds of winning the 2020 Super Bowl from 8-1 to 12-1.

The NFL's reigning MVP was injured during a quarterback sneak on fourth down with just over nine minutes remaining in the first half. As medical staff attended to him on the field, it appeared Mahomes' knee was straightened and popped back into place.

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Chiefs "will not know more until the [MRI] images.

"If there isn't damage, the best-case timeline for Mahomes would be around three weeks,” that source said.

Chiefs players understood the severity of Mahomes' injury after his kneecap popped out of place in the second quarter and was quickly massaged back into place by members of the team's medical staff.

"He was saying, 'It's out, it's out,'" guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif said. "Nobody really understood what he meant at that time, and then we saw it. ... That's when we started panicking. Not panicking, but seeing that he was not all right."

Veteran Matt Moore, who joined the Chiefs (5-2) late in the preseason after backup Chad Henne broke his right ankle, replaced Mahomes. He threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill and completed 10 of 19 passes for 117 yards.

"[He said] 'How about my guy?'" Moore said of Mahomes, who gave an off-camera shoutout to his replacement. "Guys cheered."

- Don Shapiro,

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