Jan 18, 2021 9:18 PM

Patrick Mahomes in concussion protocol, Reid not speculating on QB's return

Posted Jan 18, 2021 9:18 PM

By TOMMY REZAC

St. Joseph Post

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday afternoon that quarterback Patrick Mahomes is undergoing concussion protocol and the team is awaiting results.

Other than that, there’s no real news, and Reid would not speculate on when Mahomes could be back.

"Patrick is in protocol, so we'll just follow that and see how he does in the next couple of days."

Reid said after Sunday's game that Mahomes was "feeling good," but didn't elaborate much beyond that.

There are five phases Mahomes must pass this week before he is cleared to play.

If after meeting four thresholds, and if he is deemed cleared to play by an Independent Neurological Consultant, only then will Mahomes be in uniform for the AFC Championship game.

Before being taken out, Mahomes completed 21-of-30 passes for 255 yards and a score.

Back-up quarterback and 13-year veteran Chad Henne came in and made some huge throws, completing 6-of-8 passes for 66 yards in a 22-17 win over the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Divisional Playoffs Sunday.

Henne says getting to start against the Chargers in Week 17 helped him prepare for such a moment.

"I felt a lot more comfortable out there," Henne said, "after playing the last game of the season against the Chargers. Had a full week of preparation. I felt confident. There's a lot of playmakers out there, and it was a great opportunity for me to get out there and see some guys make some plays."

The Chiefs (15-2) host the Buffalo Bills (15-3) in the AFC Championship on Sunday at 5:40 p.m.