Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes exited the team’s Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans following a gruesome hit on a 4th & 18 play in Titans territory during the fourth quarter.
Mahomes was grabbed around his feet, and when he was falling to the ground took a hit to his head, bending his upper body backward. Mahomes looked dazed via the telecast after standing up after the hit. Several teammates came to Mahomes’ aid, and he ended up in the medical tent after the play.
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The CBS broadcast announced several minutes later that Mahomes had cleared concussion protocol. However, Mahomes remained on the sideline without his helmet on for the remainder of the game.
Reid Provides Update on Mahomes’ Status
After the game, head coach Andy Reid confirmed that Mahomes had cleared concussion protocol and that it was his decision to keep Mahomes out for the remainder of the game.
Reid later added of Mahomes, who completed just 20 of 35 passes for 206 yards and an interception before exiting, “He’s trying to make things happen. We’re all part of it. I’ve got to dial better things,” via The Athletic’s Nate Taylor.
Mahomes Expects to Play in Week 8, Takes Heat for Loss
During his time at the podium, Mahomes told reporters, “I feel fine now,” and that he does not expect to miss any time.
“I feel fine now. It was fourth down, so I was kind of getting held up and instead of going down, I tried to throw the ball. And obviously, y’all saw the hit. I kind of took my time getting up, but I felt fine. You have to kind of go through those things, the protocol things, but did everything I needed to do to be here right now [at the podium],” Mahomes said, via KC Star columnist Vahe Gregorian.
“I have full memory of the play. It was just, you get hit pretty hard and sometimes you just want to lay there. Plus it was fourth down and I knew kind of the game was at the end there. So it was a disappointing day and a disappointing way to end it.”
The dismal showing dropped the Chiefs to 3-4 on the year and marked the first start of Mahomes’ career in which Kansas City failed to score a touchdown of any kind, a streak that dated back to Week 11 of the 2017 season, a 12-9 overtime loss to the New York Giants.
Next up for the Chiefs will be a Week 8 primetime game at Arrowhead Stadium on November 1 against those same Giants (2-5).
“I want to win. At the end of the day, I just want to win. … It’s been rainbows and flowers and awesome for these last few years, but when you want to build something substantial, something great you’re going to go through parts like this,” Mahomes said.