UPDATE: Monday, 2:20 p.m. Arrowhead Time
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport provided another update on Patrick Mahomes early Monday afternoon.
From The Aftermath: #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' X-Rays were negative on his right hand, but his condition is something to monitor. pic.twitter.com/XOvbiH3HsZ— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2019
RAPOPORT: “He had further tests [Monday], really no significant damage, but this is not something where you say, ‘He’s fine. No big deal. Nothing to worry about.’ He does have some bruising, he is in some pain, and certainly, this is something that may limit him in practice this week. And we’ll see what happens on Sunday — how he’s feeling, if he can be his normal self. So this is nothing to kind of shrug your shoulders about.”
UPDATE: Monday, 12:40 p.m. Arrowhead Time
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid joined the media for a conference call on Monday, and he was able to provide an official update on Patrick Mahomes.
“Patrick’s hand, it’s OK,” said Reid. “It’s bruised up pretty good, but no break in it. I know that.”
Reid, who confirmed the X-rays were negative, was asked if Mahomes would play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
“Yeah, we’ll see,” said Reid. “I’d tell you now, most likely yes, but let’s see how he does.”
Patrick Mahomes’ X-rays negative, per NFL Network; more tests to come
(Monday, 6:18 a.m. Arrowhead Time)
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport provided an update on Patrick Mahomes on Good Morning Football.
From @gmfb: #Patriots QB Tom Brady showed up with a huge wrap on his elbow, while #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' right hand should be OK, but he's having more tests today to be sure. pic.twitter.com/dhydbWGiJ9— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2019
RAPOPORT: “Patrick Mahomes has a right hand injury. He actually got X-rays after the game. It sounded like those were negative, but he’s going to have more tests today just to make sure there’s no significant damage on that hand. You’re seeing him hold it [on the replay], kind of fell on it awkwardly. This is something where there is optimism that he’s going to be able to play next week. That is what the Chiefs think right now. No one is absolutely sure until they get the results of these tests today.”
Our in-house injury expert, Aaron Borgmann, suggested Mahomes would likely have an MRI to rule out any soft tissue damage.
“Other possibilities include CT (scan) to check for any tiny fracture,” said Borgmann.” Again, most likely precautionary. This is what is done when the MVP quarterback has a throwing hand injury.”
Patrick Mahomes to have X-ray on throwing hand
(Sunday, 9:12 p.m. Arrowhead Time)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes injured his hand early on in the eventual 23-16 win over the New England Patriots.
“I just kind of hit the ground weird when I was trying to throw that ball away and got hit, threw it away and got tackled right as I threw it away,” said Mahomes after the game. “I knew something was wrong but I didn’t know for sure.
“Then I tried to fire that next pass and it didn’t look too pretty so I kind of just let the trainers look at it. They gave me the good-to-go and so I went out there, battled, figured out ways to throw the ball across the middle and maybe not shoot those long shots that I usually throw but enough to get them back and still score touchdowns.”
Mahomes finished 26 of 40 for 283 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and though he was visibly impacted, he said he never considered leaving the game.
“It doesn’t feel great right now but it’s something that you play with,” added Mahomes. “In this sport, you’re going to get hurt, you’re going to bang something. So for me, it’s about going out there and competing and relying on my teammates to help me out whenever I’m not feeling 100 percent.”
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid game updated the media on the injury in his post-game press conference.
“We think it’s OK, but we’ll see how it goes,” said Reid. “It was hard for him to grip the ball and do the things that he needed to do there. But he powered through it, didn’t say much—that’s how he is. We’ll take an X-ray of it as we go here and MRIs, all that stuff that we do.”
Reid has a conference call on Monday, but there likely won’t be an official update on the injury from the team until Wednesday, as the Chiefs begin their preparation for the Denver Broncos.