Patrick Mahomes has started 91 of a possible 94 games at quarterback since being named the Chiefs’ full-time starter in 2018, but he hasn’t always done it at 100 percent.
Mahomes has dealt with several nagging injuries over the course of his NFL career that have caused him to need medical treatment on the sideline and appear on the injury report. He has gutted through them and has often given his team a chance to win even despite being dinged up.
Mahomes appears ready to do that again as the Chiefs prepare to face the Bengals in the 2023 AFC Championship Game. The star quarterback is dealing with the lasting impact of a high-ankle sprain suffered against the Jaguars but is planning to play as he tries to make it to the Super Bowl for the third time in his six-year career.
Just how often has Mahomes suffered injuries during his playing career? Below is a rundown of his injury history during his time with the Chiefs as well as his three college seasons at Texas Tech.
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Patrick Mahomes injury timeline
Nov 1, 2014 — Mahomes was playing in just his fourth college game when he took a big hit from Texas defensive back Quandre Diggs in the second quarter of the game. He was slow getting off and eventually was helped off the field and diagnosed with a concussion.
Mahomes didn’t miss any time as a result of the head injury. He was able to return to the field 14 days later against Oklahoma. He threw for 393 yards and four touchdowns in that contest.
Oct 22, 2016 — Mahomes suffers a fracture in his left wrist but plays through it to close the season. He plays each of the final five games of the season and finishes with 5,052 yards, 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions before undergoing surgery to repair the issue.
ESPN also reports that Mahomes played through an AC joint sprain in his shoulder that impacted him over an eight-game span.
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Oct 17, 2019 — Mahomes completes a short quarterback sneak against the Broncos but comes up injured on the play. He misses the rest of the game and is diagnosed with a dislocated kneecap.
Despite the severity of the injury, Mahomes only misses the team’s next two games against the Packers and Vikings. He is able to return in Week 10 against the Titans and throws for 446 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort.
Those two games are the only starts that Mahomes has missed due to injury during his six-year NFL career.
Jan 17, 2021 — Mahomes suffers a concussion in the third quarter of the Chiefs vs. Browns divisional playoff. He is replaced by Chad Henne, who helps lead the Chiefs to victory by bleeding the clock with 4:09 left in regulation.
Mahomes is cleared from concussion protocol for the Chiefs’ next game against the Bills, but he plays through a turf toe injury that he also suffered against Cleveland. He is able to compete in that contest and in the Super Bowl but is clearly hampered by it in Kansas City’s 31-9 loss to Tampa Bay.
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Dec 4, 2022 — Mahomes comes out of his Week 13 game against the Bengals with a foot injury, but it isn’t considered serious. He tells reporters that he is just dealing with a bruise that shouldn’t impact him.
Patrick Mahomes called the foot issue he has simply a “bruise.” He’s happy he’ll be right back out at practice and it doesn’t sound like it will impact him much as he prepares for the Broncos this week.
— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) December 7, 2022
Mahomes is true to his word and plays in Week 14 against the Broncos. He logs 352 passing yards and three touchdowns but also throws three interceptions in a close victory.
Jan 21, 2023 — Mahomes suffers a high-ankle sprain in the Chiefs’ divisional-round win over the Jaguars. He misses the end of the first half because of the injury but returns and plays the entire second half of the victory.
Despite returning, Mahomes is clearly hobbled by the injury, struggling at times to even hand off the ball without limping and demonstrating significantly less mobility in general. As such, his status for the AFC Championship Game versus the Bengals is questioned, but the quarterback says that he plans to play.