Report: Patrick Mahomes likely to return Week 10 vs. Titans thanks to 'loose ligaments'

Cassandra NegleyYahoo Sports Contributor

The Kansas City Chiefs will likely have Patrick Mahomes back sooner than expected thanks to a lucky knee.

The quarterback has a “realistic” shot to return Nov. 10 against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10 due to “how naturally loose his ligaments are,” according to a report by NFL.com. That’s the most likely scenario and is a week earlier than the initially expected three-game range for his return after dislocating his kneecap 10 days ago.

When Mahomes injured his knee, only one of the many ligaments that stabilize the knee was compromised, and he didn’t move, both of which are helping him recover faster, according to NFL.com. Athletic trainers appeared to pop his knee back into place on the field and helped him to the locker room.

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Ligamentous laxity is the increased range of motion in a joint compared to that of the general population, which typically consists of people with tight ligaments. Loose ligaments, also called hypermobility or double-jointed, can result in more injuries over the long term, but can also be taken care of without surgery. Treatments includes physiotherapy and stabilizing work.

Mahomes has an “outside chance,” per NFL.com, to return next week against the Minnesota Vikings. He was throwing in practice this past week and was not ruled out against the Packers until Friday as the Chiefs play it safe with their reigning NFL MVP.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes expects to be back on the field soon. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes expects to be back on the field soon. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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