There weren’t too many injury updates at the onset of the offseason program for the Kansas City Chiefs, but we did get some news on the most-talked-about ankle injury in the history of football.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes suffered a right ankle injury in the second quarter of the AFC’s divisional round of the playoffs against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played on what would later be described as a high ankle sprain throughout the remainder of the playoffs, including in Super Bowl LVII.
Even over two months removed from the last game played, Mahomes indicated to reporters that he’s still not quite 100% and has some limitations due to the injury.
“Now, it’s been more about just kind of managing it, but getting the mobility back as best I possibly can,” Mahomes explained. “I wouldn’t say I’m 100%, but I’ve had no, necessarily, limitations. When you go through the grind of the week of training, you’re trying to push it and go through the rehab process, but at the same time, you want to make sure you’re still building. You might be a little sore on the weekends, but I think we’ve done a great job of pushing it to the right limit to where now I’m throwing and stuff like that and having no limitations there. Running and cutting, there will still be a few limitations going for the next few weeks.”
Mahomes said that the ankle is less significant in terms of his offseason work than the foot injury he worked back from during the 2021 NFL offseason. That injury required surgery and for him to wear a boot, but this injury required neither.
“I felt like we improved, especially these last few weeks, a ton. As far as the swelling, (it) went down finally and I don’t have that soreness as much as I was having it after just a few days of work. (With) the improvements that we’re making these last few weeks, I have a feeling that by the time we get to training camp, it won’t even be any question at all. By the time we get to OTAs, I don’t think there will be any limitations on reps or anything like that, especially if I’m not running around a ton. At the same time, we’ll make sure with the rehab process that by the time I get to training camp that I can just roll out there and feel fine.”
All-in-all, Mahomes feels like he’s in a good place in terms of his rehab and recovery to be ready to go without any limitations come Week 1.
“I’m happy with where I’m at,” Mahomes said. “We’ll keep pushing it and getting me to the right spot for the beginning of the season.”