Already in the midst of a career-worst game Sunday against Tennessee, Patrick Mahomes’ day somehow got worse late in the fourth quarter when Denico Autry dropped him for an eight-yard loss on fourth and 18, injuring Mahomes in the process. The quarterback landed awkwardly, appearing to make contact with Jeffrey Simmons’ knee as he fell to the turf.
Noticeably shaken up, Mahomes got up gingerly with teammates helping him off the field. The former MVP appeared to be in good spirits on the Chiefs sideline but would not return, ceding signal-calling duties to backup Chad Henne as Kansas City would fall 27-3 in the most lopsided defeat of Mahomes’ five-year NFL career. It’s unclear if Mahomes’ absence down the stretch was due to an injury or if coach Andy Reid had simply seen enough, waving the white flag in a game the Chiefs had no chance of winning. CBS announced on their broadcast that Mahomes, after a brief evaluation, was cleared of any concussion symptoms.