Source: #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a torn plantar plate in his foot, also known as turf toe. The rehab will be several months, but he’s expected to make a full recovery. Noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the procedure.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 9, 2021
Mahomes suffered the toe injury in the Chiefs’ Divisional round game against the Cleveland Browns and played through it in the team’s AFC title win against the Buffalo Bills and Super Bowl LV loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mahomes appeared hindered immediately after the injury — but given the circumstances, looked to move well in both the conference title and Super Bowl games.
Rapoport shared more information in accompanying tweets.
As well as Patrick Mahomes ran at times, it was clear his injury was significant. He was not 100%. Kudos to Mahomes and the medical/athletic training staff for getting him ready, but he was very hobbled. Now, he’ll have it fully repaired. https://t.co/2sNE25RzxD— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 9, 2021
It’s not clear what the 2021 offseason will look like, but Patrick Mahomes will almost certainly be off the field for it as he recovers. But most importantly, Mahomes should be good to go for the 2021 regular season. https://t.co/2sNE25RzxD— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 9, 2021
As Rapoport notes, Mahomes may not participate in 2021 offseason workouts — but it is unclear at this stage whether there will be a typical, in-person offseason anyway, as the world and country continue to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2020, there were no in-person offseason workouts or preseason games, with the players finally getting together for a “ramp-up” period leading into the season. That could be the case again.
As a follow up here:— Aaron Borgmann (@RehabAllStar) February 9, 2021
It doesn’t really matter what the timeline is for this. It’s the off-season and we know the player is the starter no matter what. This is about getting the rehab right. You never want to mess up a toe/foot rehab. They can get cranky in a hurry if you rush.
Even if it is not, Mahomes should be OK without on-the-field workouts. Mahomes’ primary target — tight end Travis Kelce — missed the 2019 offseason after ankle surgery and he went on to start 16 regular-season games, compiling more than 1,200 yards.
There is no need to rush Mahomes back.