ProFootballDoc: Mahomes Would Be Out 6-9 Months With Surgery

Dr. David Chao outlined the best- and worst-case scenarios for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs

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October 18, 2019 - 11:40 am
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ProFootballDoc’s Dr. David Chao dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Friday to discuss Patrick Mahomes’ dislocated kneecap, among other topics. While Mahomes could reportedly miss as few as three weeks, he may need surgery.

“Ultimately, the decision is Patrick Mahomes’,” Chao said on The DA Show. “No one can force someone to have surgery or not have surgery. The s-word, surgery, is on the table.”

Chao said recovery from this particular surgery is typically 6-9 months.

“So is it impossible to do it at the end of the season and be ready for the next season?” Chao asked. “No, it’s a little bit tight, but it is doable.”

Mahomes’ injury could add another ligament to the sports-injury vernacular. If you haven’t heard of an MPFL, well, you’re likely going to hear a lot about it in the coming weeks.

“Everyone know ACL; everyone knows MCL,” Chao said. “MPFL is the ligament that attaches to the kneecap that helps hold it from going out of place. . . . The potential is surgery either now or at the end of the season to try and keep this kneecap from recurrently popping out of place.”

If Mahomes returns in a few weeks, he would likely play with a brace. He would also likely not be as explosive as he was in 2018.

“He’s very good in the pocket, but he’s very, very dynamic as a player,” Chao said. “And the more dynamic you are, the more chance the kneecap may shift. . . . The question is do we risk this short-term? Or do we decide to live to fight another day given that he’s a young player and has a lot of years left?

While some Chiefs fans likely blame Andy Reid for putting Mahomes in harm’s way with a bum ankle, that might be unfair.

“If he was healthy enough to play with a high-ankle sprain, I don’t think a quarterback sneak was particularly dangerous,” Chao said, “nor do I think the right kneecap dislocation was directly – or really even remotely indirectly – related to the left high-ankle sprain, which he’s had since Week 1. I would not say a sneak is particularly dangerous.”

The Chiefs (4-2) host the Packers (5-1) on Oct. 27. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.