KC Chiefs’ Mathieu remains in concussion protocol, but Mahomes, Reid express confidence

Tammy Ljungblad/tljungblad@kcstar.com
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If the Chiefs find themselves locked in another tight battle this weekend, which is entirely possible given the fact that Sunday’s AFC Championship Game opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, edged them 34-31 just over three weeks ago, only the foolish would count them out.

After all, Kansas City is coming off one of the most electrifying performances in the history of the NFL playoffs, an overtime AFC Divisional Round victory over the Buffalo Bills in which superstar Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes orchestrated a seemingly impossible comeback in 13 seconds.

“I’ve been in some of these situations before now,” Mahomes said Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s rematch against the Bengals at Arrowhead, in which the winner advances to Super Bowl LVI. “I know what it takes to go and find a way to win.”

Mahomes said the mission this weekend remains the same.

“We’re not done,” he said. “We’re trying to go out there and win the AFC championship and get to the Super Bowl.”

With that goal in mind, the Chiefs returned to the practice field Wednesday. Afterward, coach Andy Reid provided some updates of interest. The headline: Safety Tyrann Mathieu was unable to practice because he remains in the league’s concussion protocol.

Reid expressed optimism that Mathieu might return to practice before the end of the week, however.

“He’s doing very well and we’ll just see how he does (Thursday),” Reid said. “There’s a chance if everything works out, then he’ll be able to get back.”

Mathieu suffered the concussion on Sunday against the Bills when defensive tackle Jarran Reed’s knee hit him in the helmet during the first quarter of the Chiefs’ thrilling 42-36 overtime win.

The Chiefs will need Mathieu to clear the NFL’s five-step protocol process, which includes medical clearance from an independent neurologist, before he’s allowed to return to practice.

While the Chiefs are in a wait-and-see mode with Mathieu, they welcomed back running back Darrel Williams (toe) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (back) on Wednesday. Both were able to practice with the rest of the team.

“They did well today,” Reid said. “They moved around well.”

Neither Williams nor Fenton played in last weekend’s win over the Bills.

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