Matt Moore is reportedly expected to start at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs as Patrick Mahomes recovers from a knee injury suffered during Thursday night's 30-6 victory over the Denver Broncos.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted Kansas City coach Andy Reid's history suggests the team will not make a move to acquire a starting-caliber passer to serve as a temporary replacement:
Rapoport did not rule out the Chiefs potentially signing a free agent or a player off another team's practice squad, but he does not expect a high-profile move.
Kansas City picked up its fifth victory of the season on Thursday night, but it came at a cost. Five minutes into the second quarter, Mahomes injured his right knee while picking up a first down on a quarterback sneak on 4th-and-1.
Rapoport reported on Friday that an MRI confirmed the 24-year-old quarterback suffered a dislocated kneecap, though there was "not significant additional damage" done to his knee. The current plan involves Mahomes missing "at least three weeks":
As a result, Kansas City (5-2) now will have to try to continue to play winning football without the reigning NFL MVP, who currently leads the league in both passing yards (2,180) and touchdowns (15, tied with the Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan).
Moore—who was out of the league last year—signed with the Chiefs in late August after backup Chad Henne suffered a fractured ankle during the preseason. The 35-year-old Moore has compiled a 15-15 record as a starter in his 11-year career, most recently going 0-2 with the Miami Dolphins in 2017.
The veteran entered Thursday night's game with Kansas City leading 10-6 early in the second quarter. He proceeded to lead the Chiefs to scores on two of his eight full drives through the duration of the contest.
He finished the game 10-of-19 for 117 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. A 57-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill in the third quarter highlighted his fill-in duty:
For now, it appears Reid and Co. are comfortable with Moore filling in for Mahomes. The team could still look to add depth at the position, however. The team does not currently have any options on the depth chart, beyond Moore.
Rookie Kyle Shurmur—the son of New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur—is on the practice squad after going undrafted out of Vanderbilt in April.