With the 2020 NFL season behind him, Patrick Mahomes can finally take care of a lingering injury.
After a Super Bowl 55 loss to the Buccaneers, the Chiefs quarterback will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn plantar plate, commonly known as turf toe, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The rehabilitation process is expected to be “several months,” per Rapoport, but Mahomes should make a full recovery and be ready to play ahead of the 2021 regular season.
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Mahomes had been dealing with the injury since a divisional round win against the Browns. He walked with a noticeable limp in that game before being ruled out after a rough hit put him in the concussion protocol.
The toe issue didn’t appear to affect Mahomes much in the AFC championship game, as he totaled 325 passing yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Bills. The 25-year-old was unable to find similar success in the Super Bowl, throwing for 270 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. It certainly didn’t help that he was forced to operate behind a beat-up offensive line that struggled to protect him from Tampa Bay’s aggressive pass rush.
During his postgame media availability Sunday night, Mahomes refused to blame his performance on the injury and gave credit to the Bucs’ game plan.
“They took away our deep stuff. They took away the sidelines. They did a good job of rallying to the football and making tackles,” Mahomes said. “We weren’t executing early. I had a few miscues. Guys, we weren’t on the same page. But I mean, credit to them, they played a heckuva game defensively and offensively and beat us. …
“I can’t say the toe was a problem when I played two weeks ago and I played well on it. If you’re playing football, you have to battle through injuries.”
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