KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If there was any doubt about his availability for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Patrick Mahomes has ended it.
“AFC championship week,” the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback said of Sunday’s conference title game against the Cincinnati Bengals. “Ready to go.”
Mahomes suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter of Saturday’s 27-20 playoff win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned to action in the second half.
Coach Andy Reid said he expected Mahomes to be a full participant in practice on Wednesday. Mahomes said the ankle has progressed since the game against the Jaguars.
“It feels good,” he said. “I’ve done a few days of treatment, a few days of rehabilitation. I can’t wait to go to the training ground and test it and see where I am. But I feel good so far .
“I felt better than I thought after the game. Moving on during the game definitely hurt me. But after the game I was able to rest and kind of ice it out and do different things like I felt a little better, and obviously the next morning I felt a little better, and then I continued to improve throughout the week, so we’ll see how I feel today in training.”
Mahomes’ style of play changed after returning to the game against the Jaguars. He led the league in passes from outside the pocket in the regular season, but made no such throws in the second half.
It was only his second half this season in which he made no throws out of the pocket. Mahomes said he anticipated he would have to work around the injury against the Bengals.
“I’m going to have to find ways to be able to push and be able to throw the throws the right way,” he said. “I’m going to push a little today, then the next day, then again the next day and see what I can do next. Not to aggravate the injury, obviously, but push to see what I can do on Sunday.”