Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes returns to game after 1st quarter ankle injury

Backup QB Chad Henne throws TD in relief
Jaguars Chiefs Football
Posted at 4:19 PM, Jan 21, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-21 18:16:26-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes injured his ankle toward the end of the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars. While he exited the game shortly, he returned after halftime.

Amidst completing a pass to tight end Blake Bell, a Jaguars player fell on Mahomes' right leg area. He could not put pressure on it, causing him to walk with a limp.

The Chiefs immediately called a timeout, but 15 went back into the game once play continued.

His limp was still noticeable on two straight run plays and a completed pass to tight end Travis Kelce to close the quarter.

During the first quarter break, Mahomes got his ankle taped up and tested it with a pass before running onto the field to start the second quarter.

The drive ended with a 50-yard field goal by kicker Harrison Butker.

Mahomes was taken to the locker room during the Jaguars' subsequent drive and replaced by backup quarterback Chad Henne after the Jaguars punted.

He later returned to the sideline, frustrated he had been removed.

Soon after, Mahomes was ruled questionable to return to the game.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports X-rays were negative for Mahomes, but he appears to have suffered a high-ankle sprain.