Dis­lo­cated kneecap side­lines Chiefs’ Ma­homes 4 to 6 weeks

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - DAVE SKRETTA

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Kansas City Chiefs quar­ter­back Pa­trick Ma­homes es­caped sig­nif­i­cant liga­ment dam­age when he dis­lo­cated his right kneecap and there is op­ti­mism the reign­ing Na­tional Foot­ball League MVP could be back on the field in about a month.

Ma­homes had an MRI exam Fri­day that showed the lig­a­ments were in­tact, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion told The As­so­ci­ated Press. The team was still sort­ing through the re­sults and putting to­gether a timetable for his re­turn.

The Chiefs play Green Bay a week from Sun­day, then face the Vik­ings and Ti­tans be­fore a Mon­day night matchup against Ten­nessee on Nov. 18. The Chiefs (5-2) have their bye the fol­low­ing week, so it is pos­si­ble they hold Ma­homes out un­til their game against Oak­land on Dec. 1.

“The kid had the MRI and we don’t have all the in­for­ma­tion. That’s what I can give you,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Fri­day. “Once we get the in­for­ma­tion, we can give you ev­ery­thing that kind of hap­pened and what’s go­ing on down the road. The whole deal.”

Ma­homes was hurt dur­ing the Chiefs’ 30-6 win in Den­ver on Thurs­day night while sneak­ing for first down on fourth-and­short deep in Bron­cos ter­ri­tory. Ev­ery­one jumped up from the pile but Ma­homes, who quickly reached for his right knee as train­ers rushed onto the field.

Physi­cians used what is called a re­duc­tion ma­noeu­vre to guide the patella back into place, and Ma­homes was helped to his feet and shooed away a wait­ing cart. As play­ers from both teams gath­ered to pat him on the back, Ma­homes limped off the field and to the locker-room with lit­tle as­sis­tance.

Ma­homes was only in the Xray room for a cou­ple of min­utes be­fore he was ruled out.

The Chiefs led 13-6 when Ma­homes left and jour­ney­man quar­ter­back Matt Moore, who was signed just be­fore the sea­son when backup Chad Henne broke his an­kle, fin­ished the game. Moore wound up go­ing 10 of 19 for 117 yards, a good chunk of it com­ing on a 57-yard scor­ing strike to Tyreek Hill.

“It’s hard to do, re­ally the whole thing he’s done, com­ing in late to us,” Reid said. “Then it’s hard to be a re­lief pitcher. He’s done it be­fore. There’s a cer­tain way to prep for that and he un­der­stands that. It paid off for him. The best part is we didn’t have to change up a lot of things. The hard thing is if the guy comes in, the backup, and you have to change the whole of­fence.”

Reid in­di­cated that Moore would be the starter go­ing for­ward, and that rookie Kyle

Shur­mur — the son of long­time NFL coach Pat Shur­mur — could be el­e­vated from the prac­tice squad as the backup.

“I shorted some throws and missed some stuff, some stuff I think the quar­ter­back should hit,” Moore said, “but I kind of got into a lit­tle rhythm there as the game went on and Coach Reid had a nice flow go­ing on with play calls and made me feel com­fort­able as we went on down.”

Henne is mak­ing progress and could be ready to come off in­jured re­serve in Week 8.

Moore and the Chiefs have the ben­e­fit of a few ex­tra days by virtue of play­ing Thurs­day night, though Reid said he was fol­low­ing through on his plan to give the team a few days off. The team will re­con­vene af­ter the week­end be­fore a Sun­day night show­down against the Pack­ers.

By that point, the Chiefs could have wide re­ceiver Sammy Watkins back from a ham­string in­jury, and left tackle Eric Fisher (groin) and left guard An­drew Wylie (an­kle) could be close to re­turn­ing.

MATTHEW STOCK­MAN GETTY IM­AGES

Kansas City quar­ter­back Pa­trick Ma­homes is helped off the field af­ter in­jur­ing a knee against the Bron­cos on Thurs­day in Den­ver.

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