UPDATE: 9:10 p.m. Arrowhead Time
Friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports is reporting early indications are that Patrick Mahomes has a “dislocated knee.”
Hearing early indications are that Patrick Mahomes has a dislocated knee but at the moment it looks like it isn’t fractured, per a source. MRI coming tomorrow when we’ll know more, but it’s a positive early sign.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) October 18, 2019
NFL Network’s James Palmer confirmed Paylor’s thought.
Patrick Mahomes suffered a patella (kneecap) dislocation. I’m told there was no break. MRI will reveal if there is any ligament damage.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) October 18, 2019
Early in the second quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was injured during a quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-1 play at the Broncos 5-yard line.
Mahomes was clearly in pain as the bodies were unpiled from the successful sneak, removing his helmet before trainers could arrive.
Trainers were clearly working on Mahomes’ right knee. It appeared that trainers attempted to relocate something — which caught the attention of our in-house medical expert Aaron Borgmann.
Based upon limited video looks like a knee issue. Possible dislocated kneecap that was re-locates by med staff on field@ArrowheadPride— Aaron Borgmann (@RehabAllStar) October 18, 2019
You can see them pop Mahomes’ knee back in place. there is no ligament damage. @ProFootballDoc pic.twitter.com/DiH6GdlfpV— ACL Recovery Club (@ACLrecoveryCLUB) October 18, 2019
Mahomes was helped to the sideline and then went to the locker room under his own power after waving off a cart ride. Backup quarterback Matt Moore went into the game to finish the drive, which ended with a Chiefs field goal.
Mahomes received X-rays in the locker room. Shortly thereafter, the Chiefs announced he would not return to the game.
Naturally, there was immediately plenty of online speculation about the exact nature of Mahomes’ injury — and how long he might be sidelined.
Aaron Borgmann weighed in on that discussion, too.
Respectfully, everything hinges on the MRI tomorrow and level of damage. If its clean, playing in 10 days isn't out of question, Longshot yes, but not out of question. All answers depend on magnet.@ArrowheadPride https://t.co/GhNqvJdqO5— Aaron Borgmann (@RehabAllStar) October 18, 2019
So as much as we’d like for there to answers for all questions surrounding Mahomes’ injury, the earliest we could possibly know anything concrete is Friday — and it could take longer than that.