Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes 'Good to Go' for AFC Championship After Ankle Injury

Erin WalshJanuary 22, 2023

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 21: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates as he is introduced before kickoff against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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Patrick Mahomes suffered an apparent ankle injury in Saturday's 27-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC divisional round at Arrowhead Stadium, but the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback believes he'll be able to suit up for the AFC Championship Game next weekend.

"They haven't diagnosed anything yet, but I'll be good to go," Mahomes said in his postgame interview with NBC's Melissa Stark (h/t Sports Illustrated's Madison Williams).

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid added that Mahomes "tweaked" his ankle and that "it's going to be sore. We'll see where he's at, he's had this before."

Mahomes injured his ankle during the first quarter of Saturday's game when pass-rusher Arden Key landed on his leg while making a tackle. The signal-caller eventually exited in the second quarter after Reid made him get an X-ray before he could reenter the game.

"They're trying to take care of me, and we've got a lot of great people here," Mahomes told Stark. "It will take a lot to keep me out of a football game."

Backup quarterback Chad Henne played the remainder of the second quarter, leading the Chiefs on a touchdown drive before Mahomes checked back into the game after halftime.

Mahomes finished the game having completed 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for just eight yards on three carries, a clear sign that he was limited by the injury.

The X-rays on Mahomes came back negative, but he appeared to suffer a high ankle sprain in the win, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Mahomes' status for the AFC Championship Game will be a huge topic of discussion this week. While there's no question of whether or not he will play, there will be a conversation about how limited the potential MVP candidate could be in that matchup.

The Chiefs will either host the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium or will be traveling to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta to face the Bills at a neutral site thanks to changes adopted by the NFL following the cancellation of Buffalo's Week 17 matchup.