Report: Mahomes could be back sooner than initially thought

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) lies on the field after being injured against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(WIBW) - As the wait continues for an official timeline on the return of Patrick Mahomes, a report surfaced Sunday to suggest he may be back sooner than initially thought.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs' superstar quarterback "could return in three weeks, if not sooner." The reported timetable of three games was the initial thought put out by national outlets like ESPN and NFL Network. The Associated Press reported 4-6 weeks.

Schefter reports Kansas City is expected to "exercise extreme caution with Mahomes" as he recovers from not just his reported dislocated right kneecap, but also a high ankle sprain he's been dealing with. A prior report from Schefter said the quarterback's MRI results were described as a "best-case scenario."

On Friday, head coach Andy Reid said the team did not have the MRI results yet. He was also asked about the report surrounding the MRI, including one from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who first reported the initial timeline of three weeks for Mahomes.

"I didn't see Ian in the building today, so I don't know," Reid said on Friday. "I haven't talked to him. I just know what I know, and that's that the kid had the MRI and that we don't have all of the information. That's what I can give you. I'm trying to tell you what's real.

"Once we have all of the information, we'll give you everything that kind of happened and what's going on here. The whole deal. We don't hide that, so I don't really care what somebody else said. I am just going to give you what I’ve got here."

In the meantime, backup quarterback Matt Moore will start for the Chiefs. He led Kansas City to a 30-6 win over the Denver Broncos following Mahomes leaving the game after the starter converted a 4th down on a quarterback sneak in the second quarter of Thursday night's victory.

"He’s a pro and he’s done a very nice job with it," Reid said of Moore stepping in. "It’s hard to be a relief pitcher, but he’s done it before and there’s a certain way to prep for that. He understands that and it payed off for him.

"The best part is we didn’t have to change up a lot of things. The hard thing to do is if one guy comes in, the backup comes in, and you have to change the whole offense right away. That’s a tough deal. We didn’t have to do that with him.”