Colin Cowherd: NFL should delay AFC title game until Mahomes is healthy

Patrick Mahomes remains in the concussion protocol after being injured on Sunday against the Browns

FOX Sports 1 host Colin Cowherd is calling on the National Football League to move the goal posts, in a manner of speaking.

The longtime talking head on Tuesday boldly claimed the league should suspend the AFC Championship Game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs - to account for the uncertainty surrounding an injury suffered by superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The 2018 NFL MVP's status for the Sunday evening contest is in question following his exit last week from Kansas City's win over the Cleveland Browns due to concussion-like symptoms.

Cowherd, musing about the prospect of Chiefs veteran backup Chad Henne starting in place of Mahomes, cavalierly suggested the league essentially rewrite its rules on the fly to accommodate the untimely injury.

"We want Mahomes against Josh Allen, right?" Cowherd said. "That's reasonable. And I'm sitting here this morning thinking, 'If I'm the NFL, Patrick Mahomes is going through protocol. I find the day Patrick Mahomes can play -- and that's when we play.'

"Why not?"

Mahomes was visibly weak in the knees after he was driven down hard on the Arrowhead Stadium turf on a tackle by Browns defender Mack Wilson.

Mahomes' mother took exception to the borderline hit in a fiery social media post, but the players showed no ill will during a classy exchange on Twitter in a nice display of sportsmanship.

While the league is highly unlikely to make such a move, the argument isn't without merit in the most basic sense. Injuries are part of the game, but none of the league, its fans, nor its sponsors win in the event of an injury to one of the best players at the sport's most important position.

Simply put, a potential Henne-Allen matchup is far less interesting than Mahomes vs. Allen -- except maybe for Bills fans.

Kickoff on Sunday is set for 6:40 p.m. EST, and can he heard on WGR with John Murphy, Steve Tasker and Sal Capaccio on the call.

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