We learned Monday that cornerback L’Jarius Sneed had officially cleared the concussion protocol; the Kansas City Chiefs came with more positive news on Tuesday.
Somewhat lost in quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ short stint in the concussion protocol ahead of the AFC title game was his turf toe issue, but he played through the injury against the Bills in the 38-24 win and now he is trending toward a clean bill of health headed into Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It feels a lot better,” said Mahomes. Having these two weeks to let it rest and heal up, especially being over three weeks away from the injury itself. If you look at those types of injuries, that kind of gives you the normal timeline, so definitely every single day that I get to rest it, it makes it even better, but it’s pretty close to 100% and I’m sure by game day it will be.”
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who hasn’t played since Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons due to a calf injury, is also feeling better.
“I’m feeling great,” explained Watkins. “I’m still working out with the training staff, Rick (Burkholder), and just going over everything so I can have a chance and possibly go out there and feel 100% or 95 or 85 or whatever I get at by Sunday. But feeling pretty good, very optimistic, having good practices, so hopefully I can go out there and have fun and play.”
Watkins led the Chiefs in receiving during each of the 2018 and 2019 postseasons but has yet to play in a playoff game. It is seeming as though that will change on Sunday.