Chiefs’ Mahomes practices as usual with sprained ankle

Kansas City, Missouri — The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes had a walkthrough Wednesday morning and plans to practice as usual, raising concerns about the sprained right ankle the All-Pro quarterback suffered in this weekend’s AFC title game with the Cincinnati Bengals. No expectations of slowing down.

Mahomes was injured late in the first quarter in their divisional win over Jacksonville last Saturday when Jaguars pass rusher Ardengue fell on him. X-rays taken during the game came back negative and Mahomes returned in the second half to lead them to a 27-20 win and a spot in the Chiefs’ fifth straight division title game.

“We’ll see throughout the week. I haven’t gone out and practiced and put myself in those positions,” Mahomes said Wednesday. “I did a limited amount of what I could do, but I’m going to try again today, the day after tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, not to make the injury worse, but to see what I can do.”

Mahomes said the injury was similar to one he endured early in the 2019 season, when he returned the following week and threw four touchdown passes in a win over the Raiders. The only difference is that it is the opposite ankle.

It’s also not as bad as Mahomes’ toe injury early in his career.

“He had a few injuries in college,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “In the NFL, you play all the games, and you rarely get this far without having anything. That’s the way it is.”

Reid said he doesn’t expect to stop Mahomes in practice this week.

“It’s likely he won’t do just a little bit. I don’t think I have to go out there with that,” Reed said. “I might have to pull him back a bit. But knowing him, I think he’s going to try to do everything and we’ll see what he does.”

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