Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach provided an update on quarterback Patrick Mahomes when he appeared on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Wednesday morning. Mahomes underwent surgery in early February to repair a problem stemming from the turf toe.
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“He’s doing good,” Veach told the NFL Network host. “It’s difficult with Patrick. We’re going to have to protect Patrick vs. himself because he’s already — I spoke to him a few days ago, and he’s already ahead of schedule... Look, he’s going to do some stuff at these OTAs. It won’t be full dropbacks and rollouts, but he’ll do some stuff. I spoke with Rick Burkholder, our trainer. You know, we have our rookies in this week, so we’re super excited about getting our coaches with him and actually getting some field work with him. But when I spoke to Rick and to coach (Andy Reid) about teams always bringing in some extra quarterback arms for camp, and our trainer said to me, he’s like, ‘No, Pat’s going to do some stuff this OTAs... now, we’re not going be crazy with it... but he’s ahead of schedule. We’ll probably get a little taste of him back in action very light during OTAs, but I expect him to be full-go for training camp.”
Mahomes tore his “plantar plate” 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.
The fact that he will be able to be on the field in some capacity for organized team activities (OTAs) is a tremendous sign for his 2021 status and first regular-season game — against the Browns on September 12.