As the Kansas City Chiefs head to their fifth straight game AFC Championship Gamethe former MVP’s ankle condition is the main topic of conversation.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain last Saturday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, severely limiting his mobility throughout the game.
«I thought I had a good day yesterday,» Mahomes told reporters on Thursday. «Obviously, there are things you have to work on here and there. But overall, probably better than I expected, being able to go out and shoot the ball and get the reps that I needed to go in.»
CHIEFS’ PATRICK MAHOMES EXPRESSES CONFIDENCE IN INJURED ANKLE AHEAD OF AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: ‘HE’S DOING GOOD’
The 2022 NFL MVP candidate suffered the injury in the first half against the Jaguars and was forced to go to the locker room for treatment.
He lost one possession before coming back for the second half, finishing the game with 195 passing yards and two touchdowns.
But Mahomes’ ability to break out of the pocket to start receivers wasn’t there after the injury, raising questions about his mobility against the Bengals on Sunday.
«I feel like I can still do a lot of things. But we’ll see as we get closer and closer. And we’ll see during the game,» Mahomes said when asked how he feels about taking shots out of the pocket on Sunday. .
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«You can’t do exactly what you’re going to be at those moments in the game. But all I can do is prepare myself in the best possible way. And when we get into the game, you hope the adrenaline will take over and we can do those pitches when we need them.»
The Chiefs seek to reach their third super bowl in the last four years against a Bengals team that has won 10 straight games.
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the flares return to the AFC Championship Game for the second year in a row and are winners of the last three meetings with the Chiefs.
«If you’re not motivated to play against a team that’s beaten you three straight times in the AFC Championship Game, then you’re not going to be excited for any game,» Mahomes said Thursday. «So, I’m excited to play against a great soccer team and try to do my best to go out there and get a win.»