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Inside Patrick Mahomes’ ankle harm, outlook for AFC title recreation

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Which two groups will face each other within the Tremendous Bowl on February twelfth in Arizona? We’re simply days away from discovering out, with a pair of convention championship video games on faucet.

One of many largest storylines forward of Sunday’s video games is the well being standing of Kansas Metropolis Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who suffered a excessive ankle sprain in final week’s win over the Jaguars. Mahomes had a defender roll into his ankle within the first quarter, and after X-ray outcomes have been adverse for a fracture, he returned to the sport in clear ache and with restricted mobility. However he was in a position to nonetheless do sufficient to assist Kansas Metropolis advance.

Within the days because the harm, each Mahomes and Chiefs head coach Any Reid have stated that the MVP candidate is enhancing, even including that he would apply this complete week. Positive sufficient, Mahomes logged a full apply Wednesday and has come out and stated he will likely be “prepared” to go for the AFC Championship recreation in opposition to Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals.

So, what does the harm imply for Mahomes’ capability to carry out at a excessive stage?

Learn extra: Bengals’, Chiefs’ destiny rests upon Patrick Mahomes’ injured ankle

Excessive ankle sprains are not any small harm. As we beforehand noticed this 12 months with Chargers extensive receiver Mike Williams and Colts working again Jonathan Taylor or final 12 months with Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, it is an harm that may sideline gamers for a number of weeks, if extreme sufficient.

More than likely, if this was the common season Mahomes can be out 1-2 video games to ensure he rested and healed the harm for the rest of the season. That is the playoffs, nonetheless, and he is not going to look at from the sideline if given the selection. With that stated, make no mistake, Mahomes will likely be restricted in his mobility. Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy should scheme round that truth, and the offensive line should maintain off the Bengals cross rush if Kansas Metropolis needs to punch a ticket to the Tremendous Bowl.

For Mahomes, this will likely be every week of around-the-clock therapy, from modalities to scale back swelling and ache to strengthening workouts, and further ankle assist throughout apply and for the sport itself. The medical workers will likely be constantly ensuring he has one of the best care attainable to get him to recreation day in order that he can compete on the highest stage attainable.

‘He could also be a bit restricted’

'He may be a bit limited'

Dr. Matt Provencher updates Patrick Mahomes’ ankle harm he suffered within the Chiefs’ recreation in opposition to the Jaguars.

As we transfer nearer to championship weekend, listed below are final week’s Banged Up Rating (BUS) rankings of the 4 remaining groups, together with on the opposite aspect of the bracket the place the Eagles host the 49ers within the NFC Championship Sport (3 pm ET on FOX ).

AFC
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs – BUS: 84.7
Cincinnati Bengals – BUS: 73.2

nfc
Philadelphia Eagles – BUS: 79.2
San Francisco 49ers – BUS: 75.5

The group with the well being edge in three of the 4 divisional spherical video games as measured by ThePredictors.com BUS rankings succeeded in shifting to the convention championship, with solely Cincinnati overcoming its well being deficit to nonetheless transfer on. Well being issues, and within the playoffs it issues extra as a result of expertise ranges even out and little modifications in group dynamics and training methods can have larger impacts on outcomes. Crew well being can alter each of these elements and have an effect on the sport in important methods.

For the Bengals, they could be competing with the identical offensive line as final week as each Jonah Williams and Alex Cappa logged a DNP on Wednesday, however solely time will inform if they can take part in a restricted style this week. For the Eagles, each Avonte Maddox and Lane Johnson have been in a position to take part in a restricted style Wednesday, which is an efficient signal as they keep wholesome for his or her match-up in opposition to the 49ers. San Francisco will once more be with out Jimmy Garoppolo this week however might have a call to make if he’s probably prepared for the Tremendous Bowl, ought to they make it that far. Huge receiver Deebo Samuel was in a position to apply Wednesday regardless of having some ankle soreness, and the 49ers ought to have most of their identical starters prepared regardless of some guys being listed as day-to-day.

Make sure that to examine Twitter on Sunday morning at @SportsDocMatt and @NFLonFOX and on ThePredictors.com for up to date BUS rankings and harm information.

Famend orthopedist Dr. Matt Provencher and his firm, ThePredictors.com, ship data-driven harm insights to soccer followers. On this first-of-a-kind function as Athlete Harm and Efficiency Analyst for FOX Sports activities’ digital platforms, Provencher gives necessary predictive participant well being and restoration details about post-injury efficiency, the impression of climate, area situations and extra.

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