The whole week Live PFT and PM PFT, we made this point regarding Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes: The concussion that took him out of the second half of last Sunday’s playoff win over the Browns may have helped him avoid do more damage to his obviously injured toe.
The toe took a backseat with the concussion, but the toe is now back in the forefront of the conversation. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that Mahomes does indeed have a “foothold” and Mahomes is currently not 100%.
Mahomes did not receive any final injury designation on Friday, which means he will be available for normal service. But if the toe is not 100%, the question is whether its duty will be normal.
Last week, Mahomes clearly favored the toe when lapping between games. During the games, he showed no ill effects from the injury, battling the discomfort caused by the injury. And, since he was moving as he normally would, he was possibly doing more harm to the ligaments in his big toe joint.
Video from Friday’s practice (embedded in attached video) shows Mahomes moving without limping or hindering, but he never really opens up and runs hard, pushing the foot in a way that could make the condition worse. .
From a soccer perspective, Mahomes’ toe status raises questions as to whether he will move on Sunday and to what extent. Will the team call games that put him on the run? Will Mahomes opt, if no one is open and the walls crumble, to throw the ball or throw it?
This becomes a bigger question considering the team and / or player might be wary of putting Mahomes in jeopardy, seven days after he recovered from a clearly stunned and disoriented tackle.
Mahomes, for his part, vowed “to be myself.” Indeed, it’s hard to see Mahomes doing anything other than what he normally does. Whether that means he’ll end up hobbling between games remains to be seen.