Patrick Mahomes is ‘ready to go’ for AFC title match despite ankle injury |  Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is ‘ready to go’ for AFC title match despite ankle injury | Patrick Mahomes

The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes took a morning walk on Wednesday and plans to practice as usual, raising expectations that the All-Pro quarterback won’t be delayed by his sprained ankle in this weekend’s AFC title game against the Cincinnati Bengals .

Indeed, on Wednesday, when Mahomes was asked about the Bengals game, he sounded optimistic.

“AFC championship week,” he said. “Ready to go.”

Mahomes was injured late in the first quarter of their division victory over Jacksonville last Saturday, when Jaguars pass rusher Arden Key landed on him. X-rays taken during the game came back negative and Mahomes returned in the second half to lead his team to a 27–20 win and a spot in the Chiefs’ fifth straight title game.

“I’m fine,” Mahomes said. “I did a few days of treatment, a few days of rehabilitation. Excited to get out on the practice field and test it out a little bit and see where I stand. But so far it feels good.

“I felt better than I thought after the game. Carrying on during the game definitely hurts. But after the game I was able to rest it up and cool it down a bit and do other things. I felt in a little bit better position and the next morning I felt a little bit better of course, and then things got better all week after that, so we’ll see how I feel today in training.

Mahomes also said he was wary of aggravating the injury.

“I’ll have to find ways to push off and still make the throws the right way,” he said. “I will push a little bit today and then the next day and then the next day again and see what I can do then. Not aggravating the injury of course, but pushing to see what I can do on Sunday.

Mahomes said the injury is similar to the one he endured early in the 2019 season when he came back the following week to throw four touchdown passes in a win over the Raiders. The only difference is that it’s his right ankle instead of his left.

It’s also not as bad as a toe injury Mahomes had earlier in his career.

“He had a few injuries in college that he battled through,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “In the NFL, with all the games you play, you rarely get to this point without having something. That’s just the way it goes.”

Reid said he does not expect to hold back Mahomes in training this week.

“He probably won’t just do a little bit. I don’t think I need to go with that,” Reid said. “Maybe I should pull him back a little bit. But knowing him, I think he’s going to try everything and we’ll see what he does.”

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