Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes’ toe injury reported as ‘turf toe’

A footnote after the Kansas City Chiefs divisional round win over the Cleveland Browns was a toe injury from QB Patrick Mahomes. It did so prior to his exit from the game via the NFL's concussion log. He's spent the entire week of training with the toe injury listed in the team's injury report but not playing status in the AFC title game. However, it still might not be 100%.
According to a report by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Mahomes was diagnosed with “turf toes,” a fairly common football injury involving the plantar plate and ligament of the big toe. Mahomes is dealing with this problem in his left foot, but it doesn't seem as serious as it could be. This can be a very painful injury and, depending on the severity, it can even result in players being removed from the game or requiring surgery.
#Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was diagnosed with turf toes, an injury that affected his preparation for the AFC championship game more than his time on the concussion log, according to sources.
My story: https://t.co/gbEI5RAFPf
- Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 24, 2021
Rapoport said the injury “reduced” his effectiveness during training week, but he also did almost all of the first-team training reps for Kansas City. The Chiefs' practices this week have generally been a bit brighter as they typically take place at this time of year. Rapoport described them as "a range of complete solutions".
Rapoport says Mahomes will be reassessed for surgery in the off-season, but there is no belief the injury currently needs it. This is a good sign, but these injuries can flare up and get worse at any time. It is worth monitoring while playing.
"It feels a lot better," Mahomes said about his toe on Friday. “I mean, the next day it was very sore and it has gotten a lot better every day since then. It's something you deal with as a soccer player, with injuries and luckily for me it wasn't as bad as it looked and felt the day and the day after. "
Mahomes says the injury won't be a problem and there is a video from the exercise week to support this theory.
Video of Patrick Mahomes at #Chiefs training today. Clyde Edwards-Helaire also in training today. pic.twitter.com/M2ijYZwUfX
- Harold R. Kuntz (@ HaroldRKuntz3) January 21, 2021
In the past, even when Mahomes feels the injury, he has been effective on injuries to his lower body. Mahomes suffered an ankle sprain in week 1 of the 2019 season. The following week he played through the injury, throwing over 400 yards and four touchdowns.
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