Thursday Night Football in Week 7 began with nearly instant concern, as Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes went down with a leg injury. On a fourth down in the first half, Mahomes attempted a quarterback sneak and was in obvious pain immediately after the play.
Mahomes was seen wincing after the hit to his knee and it was initially believed that a cart would be needed to help get him to the locker room. After the injury, a video was revealed of trainers working on Mahomes’ knee and it appears they had to pop his kneecap back into place.
Mahomes wound up not needing the cart and was seen walking back to the locker room to get X-rays, which was at least somewhat of a positive sign in the moment. Unfortunately, the aftermath of it did not prove to be great news initially, which was revealed on the television broadcast.
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Patrick Mahomes Ruled Out With Knee Injury
After Mahomes had left the field, FOX Sports analyst Erin Andrews broke the news that the quarterback was in the X-ray room for just a short period. He was then immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game with a knee injury.
The severity is unknown, but Andrews did state that Mahomes pointed to the outside of his knee after the injury. While trainers worked on the quarterback and it seemed that his kneecap had to be popped back into place, it remains to be seen if a dislocated kneecap is the extent of the injury.
Jene Bramel, who covers injuries for FootballGuys.com, addressed the potential timeline of a kneecap dislocation but explained that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when Mahomes could return if this is the diagnosis.
As stated above, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford missed four weeks with the injury in 2009. Assuming Mahomes has an MRI on his knee, the outlook should become more clear at that point.
The concern was quite a bit higher for David J. Chao, a former NFL head doctor, who said the video left him to believe that this injury could be a patella dislocation.
Chao states that this would be a “significant injury” which typically requires surgery. It’s unlikely that any additional update on Mahomes will come before Friday or possibly even some point this weekend.
Fantasy Football Impact of Patrick Mahomes Injury
It goes without saying that Mahomes missing any time would be a brutal blow for the Chiefs. From a fantasy football perspective, players will want to turn their attention to the waiver wire and attempt to grab a free agent as quickly as possible.
While Matt Moore is the backup quarterback in Kansas City, there are likely better options out there to add in most leagues. In Yahoo Fantasy Football, Matthew Stafford is owned in just 56 percent of leagues and could be a fine option as a spot starter.
A few other names worth considering who may be available in 10 and 12-team leagues include Indianapolis Colts signal-caller Jacoby Brissett (45 percent), New York Giants rookie Daniel Jones (32 percent) and Jets’ Sam Darnold (26 percent).
If you play in a two-quarterback league or one that utilizes a Superflex, then picking up Moore is an option to seriously consider. Finding quarterbacks is tough to come by regardless, but if you have Mahomes, there’s a strong possibility that you’re left with just one mid-range signal-caller on your roster.