Crushing blow for fans and Kansas City Chiefs team as NFL’s Reigning MVP dislocates right kneecap on the field. His status in the season is literally “doubtful”.
He suffered a dislocation at the right patellar during the second quatar of Thursday nights 30.6 road win against Denver Broncos.
Is there a second opinion?
According to a report by James Palmer of NFL Network, the initial diagnosis on Mahomes is that he has suffered a dislocation of his patella , but that there is no break. According to him, an MRI will reveal whether or not Mahomes has suffered ligament damage. As of the middle of Thursday Night’s game, there is no official word from the Chiefs as to the nature of Mahomes’ injury.
Since the MRI results were good, showing no alarming damage other than a dislocated right kneecap, sources said, he is expected to miss at least three games. The injury should keep Mahomes out for a month.
Apparently Mahomes got injured on fourth down with just over nine minutes remaining in the first half during a quaterback sneak when he was spotted screaming in pain, his kneecap popped out of place, “it’s out, it’s out” Guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif said, “Nobody really understood what he meant at that time and then we saw it… That’s when we started panicking. Not panicking, but seeing that he was not all right”.
Medical school graduate, Duvernay-Tardif said the seriousness of the injury was pretty clear to everyone, “Everybody could have known something was wrong”, he said.
He was later attended to on the field by medics, it seemed Mahomes’ knee popped back into place.
Sports Doctors took to Twitter and here’s what they also had to say:
” Patrick Mahomes with patella (knee cap) dislocation. Can be treated without surgery and brace. Could miss just a few weeks. Could also have season ending surgery. MRI will determine which course”, Dr. Mark Adickes said.
“Looked like a right patella (kneecap) dislocation for Pat Mahomes. Saw it popped back in which provides immediate relief”,DocFlynn said.
“X-rays will be negative but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a significant injury. Surgery on the table and hopefully he can finish season first”, David J. Chao also said.
Ignoring the medical cart on the field, he was helped off whiles limping by a few trainers and some some players from both teams offered encouragement.
Will Mahomes return? and if he does, Will this happen again?
Here’s what Chiefs coach, Andy Reid, had to say, “”I just know what I know: The kid had the MRI, and we don’t have all the information,” Reid said. “That is what I can give you. I am trying to tell you what is real. Once I get all the information, we will give you everything that kind of happened and what’s going on here … the whole deal. We don’t hide that.”
How murky is the Chiefs’ path without Mahomes?
He later continued by saying,”The NFL doesn’t slow down for anyone or anything,” said Reid, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFC Championship Game in 2002 after losing starting quarterback Donovan McNabb for six games late in the season. “The NFL keeps rolling, will still have games. If you are in the league and you are a player, you are expected to step up and play.
“… There’s no looking back. Everything is looking forward in this league. Very seldom can you look back, and those that do are normally out of the league. When you are in it, you are only as good as your next game.”
Reigning MVP, Mahomes, didn’t return and was immediately replaced by veteran Matt Moore who threw a 57 – yard touchdown pass to Wide reciever, Tyreek Hill, and completed10-19 passes for 117yards. Moore proved capable in his work as replacement for Mahomes since he was a generally underated Quaterback during his time.
“He is a pro and has done a nice job,” Reid said Friday of Moore. “Hard to be a relief pitcher. He has done it before. There’s a certain way to prep for that. He understands that. It paid off for him.
“The best part is we didn’t have to change up a lot of things. Hard thing to do is if one backup comes in and you have to change the whole offense. We didn’t have to do that for him.