KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes left the team’s Divisional Round playoff game against Jacksonville with a right ankle injury. The club reported him as questionable to return but he did re-enter the contest on the opening drive of the second half.
Mahomes suffered the injury late in the first quarter after getting hit in the backfield by Jaguars linebacker Arden Key and defensive lineman Corey Peters. Key landed on the right ankle and rolled up Mahomes from behind.
The Chiefs took a timeout to provide Mahomes an extended break with a quick visit with the athletic trainers. He remained in the game for the next three plays before the first quarter came to an end. Mahomes went to the bench and the athletic training staff quickly rewrapped his right ankle. The Chiefs ran two more plays, including a throw from Mahomes that slipped out of his hand as he stepped up in the pocket and appeared to try to bring the ball back.
Mahomes remained on the sideline during most of the ensuring Jaguars’ drive before flinging his coat off in frustration and heading to the locker room. He returned to the sideline about eight minutes later, and he took a couple of practice throws before putting back on his coat and watching the action form the sidelines.
What Mahomes saw was backup quarterback Chad Henne entering the game in his place and leading the Chiefs’ offense on a 98-yard scoring drive capped off by a 2-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce, putting the Chiefs on top of the Jaguars 17-7. Mahomes greeted Henne on the field and congratulate him at the end of the drive.