Wed. Feb 1st, 2023

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If there was ever a doubt about his availability for Sunday’s AFC Championship Recreation, Patrick Mahomes put an finish to it.

“AFC championship week,” the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs quarterback mentioned about Sunday’s convention title recreation in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals. “Able to go.”

Mahomes suffered a excessive ankle sprain within the first quarter of Saturday’s 27-20 divisional spherical playoff victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned to the sport within the second half.

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Coach Andy Reid mentioned he anticipated Mahomes to be a full observe participant Wednesday. Mahomes mentioned the ankle has progressed because the recreation in opposition to the Jaguars.

“It is doing good,” he mentioned. “I’ve achieved just a few days of therapy, just a few days of rehab. Excited to get on the observe area and type of check it out and see the place I am at. Nevertheless it’s feeling good to this point.

“I felt higher than I believed I used to be going to be after the sport. Transferring on it through the recreation positively damage. However after the sport, I used to be capable of relaxation it and type of ice it up and do totally different stuff like that. I felt in just a little bit higher place and clearly the subsequent morning felt just a little bit higher, after which I’ve continued to get higher all through the week, so we’ll see how I really feel at the moment at observe.”

Mahomes’ model of play modified after he returned to the sport in opposition to the Jaguars. He led the league in passes from exterior the pocket within the common season however made no such throws within the second half.

It was solely his second half this season during which he made no throws exterior the pocket. Mahomes mentioned he anticipated he must work across the harm in opposition to the Bengals.

“I am going to have to search out methods to have the ability to push off and be capable to nonetheless make the throws the best means,” he mentioned. “I am going to push it just a little bit at the moment after which the subsequent day after which the subsequent day once more and see what I can do then. Not reaggravate the harm, clearly, however push it to see what I am going to be capable to do on Sunday.”

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