KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 26: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs on the bench before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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Fans speculate whether Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was significantly hurt after fall to recover fumble against Los Angeles Chargers.
Staring at an 11-point halftime deficit, Patrick Mahomes engineered an impressive comeback that positioned his Chiefs ahead of the Chargers early in the fourth quarter.
But in order to get ahead, Mahomes took a fall that could prove costly in the long run.
Right before their second score in the third quarter, Mahomes fumbled the ball and fell on it to maintain possession. The Chiefs kept the ball, but Mahomes appeared to be nursing his left side after throwing the touchdown pass.
Patrick Mahomes chatted with Rick Burkholder after throwing his touchdown pass. Mahomes was nursing his left side, likely after getting hit by Joey Bosa.
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) September 26, 2021
However, former Chiefs teammate Mitchell Schwartz has a different theory: perhaps Mahomes got hurt while falling on the ball to recover the fumble.
Patrick Mahomes may have gotten injured in third quarter of Chargers game
As Mahomes continued on another touchdown-bound drive, he appeared to be in fit form as he slings his usual passes. So far, his passes have all been under 15 yards, which could indicate a little soreness that limits his throwing ability. Rather than a 50-yard bomb, Mahomes whittled down the Chargers on a methodical drive that ended in a Mecole Hardman jet sweep touchdown.
It’s all speculation at this point, but it appears that even if Mahomes is slightly injured, he’s still healthy enough to suit up and finish the game.
Hopefully that whatever he’s playing through at the moment won’t limit him in the weeks to come.