Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed on Friday that quarterback Patrick Mahomes will start in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
Mahomes suffered a high right ankle sprain during the Chiefs’ divisional-round playoff win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last Saturday. Although he sat out a series, the quarterback returned to the field to finish the game.
“He’s moving around [well],” Reid said. “He can go out and play.” Mahomes was able to participate in all three practice sessions with the team this week, thereby proving to be recovering well from his injury.
Although Mahomes’ mobility after the injury was limited, he and the team were able to alter their playing style to accommodate him and come away with the win.
Reid is confident that the Chiefs are prepared to use a variety of tactics to ensure that they are able to overcome any shortfalls resulting from Mahomes’ injury.
“We have enough in the game plan where you can kind of pick and choose where you want to go with it,” Reid confirmed. “You have a variety of things that you can go to. Obviously, you don’t use all the plays in the game plan, but they’re available and so if you have to go a certain direction, you can go that direction with the calls.”