Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes suffers apparent head injury on fourth-down sack

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When it rains it pours for the Kansas City Chiefs.

After a forgettable performance on both sides of the ball against the Tennessee Titans, protection issues on the offensive line gave way for the unthinkable. Dropping back to try and make a pass on fourth down, Patrick Mahomes was wrapped up, twisted awkwardly and shaken up going to the ground. He suffered an apparent head injury and had to be helped off the field by several teammates, looking quite shaken up after the play.

Mahomes was taken to the blue injury tent on the sideline and ruled questionable to return to the game. He spent just a few minutes in there before he was eventually taken out of the tent. It looked like there was a chance he could be going back into the game, but the Chiefs sent Chad Henne in to avoid complete disaster with less than 10 minutes remaining in the matchup.

The good news is that the injury to Mahomes didn’t require that he be taken to the locker room. The NFL’s concussion protocol requires that players who fail any part of the protocol be taken to the locker room. He remained on the sideline without his helmet watching his teammates finish out the game, suggesting that he has in fact cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol and would be OK to go back in. That said, with how the game has been going it’s probably the smart choice to keep him out.

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