Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has dealt with a few different injuries in his young career. He fought through an ankle injury in 2019 before a separate knee injury forced him to miss a two-game stretch. The league’s concussion protocol during last season’s AFC Divisional Round game sidelined him for the second half, and it was accompanied by turf toe that stuck with him through the conclusion of the season.
In the first three cases, there was an impressive recovery timetable. The compounded injuries in 2019 didn’t seem to affect Mahomes on his way to Super Bowl title, and he didn’t miss a snap in the AFC championship game following time spent in the concussion protocol.
Chiefs fans hope the same can be said about the fourth noted injury. Mahomes decided on offseason surgery to permanently fix the toe issue that plagued him during the final two games of the year.
The surgery on that turf toe was successfully completed on February 10. Since then, Mahomes has used most of his offseason to work on the rehabilitation.
“It’s been a lot of rehabbing, pretty much every single day rehabbing,” Mahomes told reporters during Monday’s Zoom presser. “I got to go to the Masters, which was the only break I’ve really had from being up here in Kansas City rehabbing. I’m just trying to make myself available to the team as quickly as possible.”
He hasn’t missed any on-field time with the team yet, but those opportunities will begin on May 17 — when the second phase of the NFL’s offseason program begins. If you asked Mahomes, he’d probably tell you he’ll be out there by then — but he understands that it may take longer to completely and safely recover.
“I think I’m progressing well,” Mahomes said. “I think I’m ahead of schedule myself, but obviously we’re trying to be cautious and not push me out there too soon. I’m doing what I can, I got out of the boot finally — it took forever — and now I’m trying to get back on the field and get that stuff working. I’m sure they’ll keep me along that same pathway so I’ll hopefully be able to do some stuff by the end of the offseason.”
In the meantime, Mahomes still wants to get better this offseason. Despite the lack of on-field work he can do right now, the optimistic quarterback pointed out ways he can learn and grow from this recovery.
“You just have to find different ways to improve, and there’s so many different things I can improve in my game,” Mahomes explained. “Being able to restart with the feet, I can really improve my footwork and try to make myself better. I’ve dealt with ankle injuries in my career, and being able to teach myself to hit the right spots with my feet, and just teaching myself how to get back from this injury, I think it will help me out in the long-run and something I can focus on.”
If this recovery process is like any of the other injuries he’s fought through, it will go quicker than we think. It sounds like we’ll next see Mahomes on the field in training camp — but don’t be surprised if he’s ready to take a few snaps earlier in the summer.