Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a lower leg injury late in the first quarter in Saturday’s divisional round playoff game.
Mahomes’ ankle appeared to roll up after he was tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars defenders. The quarterback appeared to be in pain immediately after falling to the ground.
He remained in the game but had a noticeable limp. He was replaced on the next drive by veteran backup Chad Henne in the second quarter.
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The coaches wrapped Mahomes’ ankle between quarters, and he went to the locker room for another taping job after Henne went under center. The drive in which Mahomes suffered the injury ended with a Harrison Butker field goal to increase the Chiefs’ lead to 10–7.
Mahomes was visibly upset by the decision to temporarily keep him out and was seen throwing away his jacket.
Henne later threw his first career touchdown pass in an NFL postseason game when he completed a pass to All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce.
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Kelce’s second touchdown reception of the day extended the Chiefs’ first half lead to 17-7.
After it was initially deemed questionable to return, Mahomes was back under center to start the third quarter. X-rays of his ankle came back negative, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Mahomes came out of the locker room for second half warm-ups and was greeted with cheers from the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium.
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Prior to his brief outing, Mahomes had completed 12 of 15 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. Henne was 5 of 7 for 23 yards and a touchdown.