KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If there was ever any doubt about his availability for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Patrick Mahomes put an end to 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 round playoff win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned to the game in the second half.
Coach Andy Reid said he expected Mahomes to be a full practice participant Wednesday. Mahomes said the ankle has progressed since the game against the Jaguars.
“It’s going well,” he said. “I’ve done a few days of treatment, a few days of rehab. Excited to get on the practice field and try it out and see where I’m at. But it feels good so far.
“I felt better than I thought I would after the game. Moving on during the game definitely hurt. But after the game I was able to rest it and kind of ice it up and do different things like that .I felt in a little bit better position and obviously felt a little bit better the next morning and then I’ve continued to get better throughout the week so we’ll see how I feel today in practice. ”
Mahomes’ style of play changed after he returned to the game against the Jaguars. He led the league in passing 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 didn’t make any throws outside the pocket. Mahomes said he expected he would have to work around the injury against the Bengals.
“I’m going to have to find ways to be able to push off and still be able to make the throws the right way,” he said. “I’m going to push it a little bit today and then the next day and then the next day again and see what I can do. Not aggravate the injury, of course, but push it to see what I can do on Sunday.”