KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If there was ever any doubt about his availability for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Patrick Mahomes 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 high ankle sprain in the first quarter of Saturday’s 27-20 divisional playoff win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned to the game in the second half.
Coach Andy Reid said he expects Mahomes to be a full practice participant on Wednesday. Mahomes said the ankle progressed after the game against the Jaguars.
“It’s doing well,” he said. “I went through a few days of treatment, a few days of recovery. I’m excited to get out on the practice field and kind of test it out and see where I’m at. But so far I feel good.
“I felt better than I thought I would after the game. It definitely hurts to move on it during the game. But after the game I was able to calm it down and kind of de-ice it and stuff like that. I felt in a bit better position and obviously the next morning I felt a bit better and then I’ve continued to improve throughout the week so we’ll see how I feel in training today.”
Mahomes’ style of play changed after he returned against the Jaguars. He led the league in passing outside the pocket in the regular season, but didn’t make those throws in the second half.
It was just his second half of the season in which he didn’t throw a single throw outside the pocket. Mahomes said he expected to have to work around the injury against the Bengals.
“I’ve got to find ways to push forward and still be able to make throws the right way,” he said. “I’ll hit it a little bit today and then the next day and the day after that again and see what I can do then. Obviously not to aggravate the injury, but I’m pushing it to see what I can do. Sunday.”