Patrick Mahomes participates in Chiefs training

Patrick Mahomes participates in Chiefs training

(Kansas City) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’s name is still on the list of players required to undergo the NFL concussion protocol, but he trained on a limited basis on Wednesday, giving hope that he can play this Sunday, in the American championship game against the Buffalo Bills.

The Chiefs usually go for a brief, non-contact practice on Wednesdays, picking up the pace on Thursdays. Head coach Andy Reid said it was perfect for what Mahomes could do.

Reid did not specify which of the five stages of the Mahomes return-to-play protocol is at, but the exercises Reid describes correspond to stage four. It consists of resuming contactless football activities, such as throwing and running. This is the last step before a player gets the green light from the medics.

Mahomes was injured in the third quarter of the Chiefs’ 22-17 win over the Cleveland Browns. Chad Henne has finished the game and will be the starter if Mahomes is unable to return to the game.

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