Report: Mahomes cleared 'some big steps' Monday, remains in concussion protocol

Patrick Mahomes against Patriots Defense
Posted at 5:20 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 17:20:23-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Things maybe looking up as Chiefs Kingdom awaits final word on quarterback Patrick Mahomes' availability for the AFC Championship Game on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mahomes "cleared certain steps Monday, 'some big steps', but he remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol," ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter said on Twitter.

Mahomes, who is also dealing with a foot injury, has "what is considered a concussion", according to Schefter, and no determination has been made regarding his availability against the Bills.

Mahomes left last Sunday's victory in the AFC Divisional round against the Cleveland Browns after a third-quarter hit on an option run.

Citing an unnamed source, Schefter reported that Mahomes is expected to practice on Wednesday, which would be the Chiefs' first in preparation for facing Buffalo.

"He still must go through certain steps to clear concussion protocol in the coming days, and there is hope and optimism, considering he is expected to practice Wednesday, per source," Schefter said on Twitter.

If Mahomes does practice, it would be a significant step toward playing in the AFC Championship Game, which Kansas City will host for an NFL-record third consecutive season at 6:40 p.m. on Sunday.