The “best-case scenario” for Patrick Mahomes may even get better.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback could potentially return to the field sooner than the initial three week timetable he was given after dislocating his right kneecap in the second quarter of Thursday night’s win over the Denver Broncos.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen added that Mahomes feels “good” and believes he is “week to week.”
This is certainly welcome news for the Chiefs, who will be tasked with trying to stay atop the AFC West without the reigning league MVP, although they are expected to handle Mahomes with extreme caution and may not want to rush him back.
The decision to ease Mahomes back will be easier if they can win one of the next two games with Matt Moore as quarterback.
Moore, who replaced Mahomes for the second half against the Broncos, will take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football next week and the Minnesota Vikings the following week.
Both games are at Arrowhead Stadium.
If Mahomes is not ready to return, he would have to go on the road against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10.
Backing up Moore will be Kyle Shurmur – the son of New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur — who was activated from the practice squad earlier this week.
The Chiefs’ plan is to stick with Moore as starter and Shurmur as the backup, at least for now, according to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio.
Moore completed 10 of 19 pass attempts for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos.