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DENVER — The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Denver Broncos, 30-6, Thursday night but might have lost something more meaningful for an undetermined amount of time.
With the Chiefs holding a 10-6 lead over the Denver Broncos in the second quarter and threatening for more points at the Broncos’ 5yard line, Patrick Mahomes suffered a right knee injury on a quarterback sneak.
Players immediately waved to the sidelines for medical personnel, all of whom rushed to Mahomes’ side as the stadium went silent. Chiefs and Broncos players were on their knees as Mahomes was tended to, but the signal-caller eventually got to his feet and received assistance leaving the field. Then, Mahomes went straight to the locker room without assistance before being declared out.
A source later told The Star that Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap and there doesn’t appear to be a fracture. Mahomes is scheduled Friday to undergo an MRI, More information should be known then, the source said, but early indications appear positive.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs didn’t falter in the game without the league’s reigning MVP.
Instead, the Chiefs rallied on both sides of the ball by scoring 10 straight points to end the second quarter with veteran Matt Moore under center to take a 20-6 halftime lead.
Harrison Butker capped the drive on which Mahomes was hurt with a 20-yard field goal, then the Chiefs defense came up big after linebacker Anthony Hitchens produced a sack-fumble on Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco. Linebacker Reggie Ragland, who received his first start of the night, scooped up the loose ball at the Broncos’ 5-yard line and ran it back for a touchdown.
The Chiefs defense came up big Thursday night with nine sacks, which marked an obvious season high, and a turnover. Hitchens, defensive end Frank Clark and defensive Alex Okafor each recorded two sacks. The nine sacks tied as the third-most in a single game in team history.
With the Chiefs’ pass defense clicking, the run defense stepped up and held the Broncos to 71 yards rushing and a touchdown on 21 carries, a notable achievement given the past month’s struggles.
Opponents had gashed the Chiefs on the ground lately, totaling 761 yards and over the past four games. The Broncos found the going tough with Ragland inserted into the starting lineup alongside Hitchens and Damien Wilson in the Chiefs’ 4-3 base defense.
The Broncos entered Week 7 on a two-game winning streak behind their defense and running game, but rushers Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman found yards difficult to acquire, combining to average 3.4 yards per attempt. With the Broncos becoming one-dimensional, the Chiefs’ defense limited Denver to converting just one of 13 third-down attempts.
Hitchens, who missed Week 6 with a groin injury, returned with a vengeance in leading a spirited defensive effort and finished with six tackles, two sacks and two quarterback hits. Ragland produced an exceptional allaround game with two tackles, a sack, a quarterback hit and a fumble recovery.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) comes off the field with the aid of trainers after he injured his knee in the second quarter against the Broncos on Thursday in Denver.