Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke to the media on Wednesday, and still wouldn’t rule out the possibility that his injured starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes might play against the Green Bay Packers in the Week 8 edition of Sunday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium.
#Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has not ruled out Patrick Mahomes playing Sunday night. KC is taking it “day to day,” per Reid.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) October 23, 2019
Still, Reid said that backup quarterback Matt Moore — who took over for Mahomes when he was injured during the second quarter of Thursday’s 30-6 win over the Denver Broncos — will get “the majority“ of the offensive snaps while Mahomes does “a few things” at practice.
Patrick Mahomes “will do a few things,” according to #Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, while Matt Moore will take the QB reps.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) October 23, 2019
Also according to Reid: defensive tackle Frank Clark, cornerback Kendall Fuller and left guard Andrew Wylie will not practice on Wednesday.
Frank Clark (neck), Darron Lee (sick), Kendall Fuller (thumb) and Andrew Wylie (ankle) will NOT practice today.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) October 23, 2019
However... this means that left tackle Eric Fisher and defensive tackle Chris Jones are practicing on Wednesday — at least to some extent. This is consistent with the timelines we have expected for their injuries.
Both Eric Fisher and Chris Jones WILL return to practice for the #Chiefs on Wednesday.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) October 23, 2019
What does Mahomes’ presence on the practice field — less than a week after sustaining an injury that we have been told will keep him out for anywhere from two to five weeks — actually mean? It might mean a lot — or it might mean almost nothing.
As our in-house sports medicine Aaron Borgmann noted, without knowing precisely what Mahomes “doing a few things” actually means, you can’t draw very many conclusions.
On the other hand, the fact that Mahomes always appears ready to shrug off any kind of injury is a factor, too.
“After it happened, he thought he could go back in.” - Andy Reid on Patrick Mahomes— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) October 23, 2019
Is there actually a chance Mahomes could play against the Packers — or is this just some gamesmanship by the Chiefs that is intended to force the Packers to prepare to face not only Matt Moore but also Mahomes? It’s really too early to say.
Matt Moore said he has NOT been told he will start on Sunday vs. the #Packers.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) October 23, 2019
For the moment, the Packers aren’t left with a lot of choices: they’ll have to take what is coming out of Arrowhead with at least some seriousness.