Kansas City head coach Andy Reid says Patrick Mahomes will return before concussion protocol


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City head coach Andy Reid said Monday that he doesn’t know if Patrick Mahomes will clear the NFL’s concussion protocol in time to play in next Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. But Reid indicated that the Mahomes felt good returning to Sunday’s divisional round game.

After taking a hit and knocking it to the ground, Mahomes got up and stumbled momentarily. He then led a brief examination at the sideline medical tent before quickly downing a set of steps and then leading the Arrowhead Stadium tunnel to the Chiefs’ locker room.

“There was a chance in the day that Patrick would come back [the game], ” Said Reid. “You saw him walking the tunnel. By that time he was feeling pretty good. But there is a certain protocol you have to follow and he takes it out of the trainer’s hand and the player’s hand and the doctor’s hand.” ‘

In the third quarter the Mahomes were replaced by Chad Henne, who won the majors’ 22–17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

In the AFC title game on Sunday at Arrowhead, the Chiefs face the Buffalo Bill. Reid said he would have a plan that would start at quarterback Mahomes or Hayne.

“Because of the protocol, it is not a brainchild from a coaching standpoint,” Reid said. “You don’t have to think about it. You just have to go ahead and make sure you have an answer if it’s there and an answer if it’s not there. I can’t tell you from a medical standpoint. I don’t know. It’s their decision and I follow it. ”

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