According to Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, quarterback Patrick Mahomes — taken out during the third quarter of Sunday’s Divisional round game against the Cleveland Browns with what appeared to be a concussion — practiced with the team on Thursday.
Both Mahomes and starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland — who also left Sunday’s game with a concussion — were limited in Thursday’s practice. Reid said both players are still in the NFL-mandated concussion protocol.
“Pat and Breeland are both in the protocol,” Reid told reporters during a press briefing, “and working on a limited basis. I mean, that’s kind of where we’re at. And both are improving.”
Reid said that Mahomes took “a majority” of the starter snaps during the practice.
“Pat looked good out there,” said Reid. “He did a nice job when he was doing it. Looks like he’s moving around well. He feels good. It’s just important that we follow the protocol — and that’s what we’re doing.”
Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy put it more simply: “Pat looks like Pat.”
It is still unknown when we will get a final word about whether Mahomes will play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. It’s important to note that the answer cannot come until an independent neurologist has cleared Mahomes to play, which won’t happen until Mahomes has been through all phases of the protocol — and has been cleared by the team’s doctors.
In the meantime, Reid’s words suggest the Mahomes is making progress towards playing this weekend — but that if necessary, the Chiefs are prepared to go without him.