The Kansas City Chiefs will play it safe and keep quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the sideline on Sunday.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Patrick Mahomes won’t play Sunday.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) October 25, 2019
The Chiefs (5-2) are hosting the Green Bay Packers (6-1).
Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap on a quarterback sneak eight days ago during a Thursday night game in Denver. Despite an expected three-game recovery period, the reigning MVP practiced this week and was never fully ruled out until Friday — though it was likely he’d miss the game.
"He just wasn't ready," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said, via NFL.com. "He needs a little bit of time here."
While Mahomes missing time is a hit to both the Chiefs and the NFL, it’s viewed as a “best-case scenario.” The 24-year-old, who went into the mid-week game already banged up with ankle issues, appeared to have his kneecap popped back into place on the field and needed assistance to walk off. It could have been a fracture or a dislocation that required surgery and kept him out all season.
Instead, Mahomes will take a midseason break and the Chiefs (5-2) will protect their season, and future with their star, as best they can. They have a cushion in the AFC West ahead of the Oakland Raiders (3-3), Denver Broncos (2-5) and Los Angeles Chargers (2-5). The Chiefs play the Vikings and Titans in Weeks 9 and 10, respectively.
Veteran Matt Moore will lead the offense. He went 10-of-19 for 117 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions in relief of Mahomes in the Chiefs’ win.
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