DENVER — Kansas City Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is a professional medical faculty graduate but didn’t require any distinct knowledge to quickly realize the severity of Patrick Mahomes‘ proper knee injuries.
“Everybody could have recognized one thing was wrong,” Duvernay-Tardif said.
Mahomes dislocated his ideal kneecap in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night’s match against the Denver Broncos. It was speedily massaged again into position by members of the Chiefs’ healthcare staff, but the quarterback remaining the match at that level and failed to return.
Limited conclude Travis Kelce claimed, “His knee did not even glance like a knee. It was all out of whack. I couldn’t even describe it.”
The duration of the absence for Mahomes, the NFL’s reigning MVP, was unclear. Right up until he’s back, the Chiefs will be quarterbacked by 35-year-old Matt Moore, who completed the team’s 30-6 victory.
Mahomes was hurt on a fourth-down quarterback sneak. Afterward, coach Andy Reid defended the playcall.
“Not far too several men and women get hurt on a sneak,” Reid explained. “It is a freak factor and it occurs.”
In the moments soon after the perform, Chiefs middle Austin Reiter found himself in a terrible position, with Mahomes lying on major of him.
“I feel I was just yelling, ‘Get off me,’ but I failed to recognize it was him. And everybody’s telling me, I’m listening to from the refs, ‘Just remain still, stay even now.’ And I’m just laying on my abdomen deal with down. I just experienced to hear to the refs and not shift. As shortly as I realized it was his voice, I was like, all appropriate, I am not transferring an inch.”
A cart arrived onto the industry to consider absent Mahomes.
“He refused to get into the cart,” Reid stated.
He was alternatively served off the field by a few of trainers. Gamers from the two teams came by to offer you encouragement.
Mahomes soon still left for the locker place, at initial helped by trainers and afterwards strolling less than his have electrical power but with a limp.
The Chiefs recognized the severity of the injuries proper absent. They declared Mahomes out for the relaxation of the game virtually promptly.
“He was saying, ‘It’s out, it can be out,'” Duvernay-Tardif explained. “Nobody truly comprehended what he meant at that time and then we observed it. … That is when we started off panicking. Not panicking but viewing that he was not all appropriate.”
Mahomes was in good spirits in the locker area and on Twitter following the video game. Tv cameras caught Mahomes primary a postgame cheer in the Chiefs’ locker space whilst sporting a sleeve on his right leg.
Off camera, he gave a shoutout to his substitution, who could have to maintain the Chiefs’ Super Bowl hopes with each other right until Mahomes can return.
“[He said,] ‘How about my man?'” Moore explained. “Fellas cheered.”