Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes has not had a great start to the 2021 season. That included a disastrous first-half performance against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in which the former NFL MVP turned the ball over two times en route to finding his team down 27-0.
Unfortunately for Mahomes and his Chiefs, this could be the least of their worries. Down by three scores in the third quarter, the star signal-caller had to exit the game after being on the receiving end of a brutal hit from Titans defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons.
Beware, it’s hard to watch.
Is Patrick Mahomes dead? The Chiefs OL killed him today. This looks BAD pic.twitter.com/DzP6XaUJYh— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) October 24, 2021
As you can see, Mahomes took a knee to the head. His neck bent in ways necks shouldn’t be able to bend. After being on the turf in Nashville for several minutes, a wobbly Mahomes was helped off the field by his teammates.
Veteran Chad Henne took over under center for Kansas City, but he was unable to lead a comeback. The Chiefs went on to lose, 27-3. However, most of the attention is now on Mahomes and his injury.
After the game, head coach Andy Reid provided an update on the QB. He said he chose to remove Mahomes from the game even though the QB cleared concussion protocol, via KCTV's Dani Welniak:
Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid says Mahomes cleared concussion protocol and he decided not to put Mahomes back in. @KCTV5— Dani Welniak (@KCTVDani) October 24, 2021
Next week, the Chiefs will host the New York Giants on "Monday Night Football." Big Blue had a dominating 25-3 win over the Panthers on Sunday.