According to multiple sources, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a kneecap dislocation in Thursday’s win against the Denver Broncos.
After leaving Thursday night’s game against the Bronco, the 24-year old quarterback underwent an MRI on Friday to discover a patella dislocation in the knee. The initial timetable for his return is slated as 4-6 weeks, with the potential of missing the rest of the year.
In only his second year as a starter, Mahomes has a long career ahead of him; one which see’s him with potential to be the greatest quarterback of all time. That’s no overreaction. In only 24 career games, Mahomes has passed for 7,561 yards and 65 touchdowns. With his level of talent and the coaching system around Mahomes, consistent seasons of five thousand passing yards and 50 touchdowns don’t seem too unreasonable.
The injury places backup quarterback Matt Moore in the driver seat of a team with championship aspirations. The Chiefs are in first place in the AFC West at 5-2.
Even with the great system implemented by the Chiefs coaching staff, the loss of Mahomes creates a problem in the organization. Mahomes ability to deliver passes only catchable by his intended target is nearly unmatched around the league. His arm strength is top-notch, and the leadership abilities he is equipped with make him the heart and soul of the team.
With a lackluster defense, the Chiefs are put into weekly positions to score more than 30 points. Can Moore, a backup quarterback, score 30 points a week?
If not, the Chiefs may lose the next five games without Mahomes, and with no clear playoff picture, they may look to sit him and protect their future with him. Mahomes is a special talent and the league will be lucky to be blessed by his talent for another decade.