Chiefs QB Mahomes said he has cleared concussion protocol, will play Sunday
In the midst of their title defense, the Kansas City Chiefs were not sure if the face of their franchise would suit up for Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills in Arrowhead Stadium. On Friday, Mahomes put any doubt to rest when he announced that he cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol and declared he will play Sunday.
“Talking to all of the doctors and going through all of the testing, we have the belief that I’ll have no lingering effects and I’ll be able to go out there and be who I am,” Mahomes said after clearing the protocol. “You have to take it day by day. That’s the best thing. You can only control what you can control. For me, that was coming in every day with a positive attitude, try to make myself better, try to prepare myself as if I was going to play. Luckily enough, I haven’t had any symptoms and I’m able to play.”
The team has seen Mahomes work continuously throughout the week and saw their star quarterback show positive signs indicating he would in fact be available to face the Bills on Sunday. Mahomes exited the Chiefs’ 22-17 Divisional Round win at home over the Cleveland Browns at the end of the third quarter. From there, backup signal-caller Chad Henne was able to guide the offense and do just enough to hold off the Browns.
Mahomes will lead Kansas City (14-2, 6-2 home) into its matchup with the Bills (13-3, 6-2 road) at 5:40 p.m. CT Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. With a win, the Chiefs would return to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row and would face the NFC Champion, either the Green Bay Packers or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The game will be broadcast live on CBS. For more sports coverage, click here.