Patrick Mahomes Injury Update: Will Kansas City Chiefs QB Play in Week 8 vs. Green Bay Packers?

Since arriving in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes has made a habit of defying logic. From scrambling out of seemingly impossible situations to throwing no-look passes, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has seemed intent on rewriting the rules of the game.

It should come as no surprise then that Mahomes has taken his approach into the treatment room. A week ago, the reigning NFL MVP dislocated his right kneecap in the Chiefs' 30-6 road win in Denver against the Broncos.

Mahomes appeared to have his knee popped back into place while he was receiving treatment on the ground, before being helped off the field.

The Chiefs signal caller underwent an MRI scan that showed no sign of ligament damage and was back in practice by Wednesday.

ESPN reported that Mahomes stretched and jogged with his teammates as normal before joining the Chiefs quarterbacks to make a few throws.

The Texas native was fourth in the quarterback line behind Matt Moore, Kyle Shurmur and Chad Henne and the Chiefs listed him as "limited practice" in their injury report.

All the same, the fact Mahomes was already back on a football field just six days after suffering an injury that could have had much more serious consequences spoke volumes for the player.

According to Chiefs reporter BJ Kissel, Chiefs coach Andy Reid indicated before practice that Moore would take the majority of reps.

#Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Patrick Mahomes will practice today, but Matt Moore will make the “majority” of the team reps.

But when asked, Reid once again didn’t rule out Mahomes for Sunday.

— Chiefs Reporter (@ChiefsReporter) October 23, 2019

Significantly, however, ESPN reported Moore had not been told whether he would be starting when the Chiefs host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.

Reid also refused to rule out whether Mahomes could feature against the Packers. "We're just going to see how he does and evaluate him from there,'' he told the broadcaster.

The Chiefs head coach was far from surprised by seeing Mahomes back on the field so quickly.

"After it [the injury] happened, [Mahomes] thought he could go back in," he explained. "That's how he's wired. He's wired a little different that way [...] He attacks everything. That's how he goes about it. He's been full steam ahead."

While the reigning MVP looks to be ahead of schedule, it remains to be seen whether the Chiefs are prepared to risk him.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, knees affected by a kneecap dislocation are normally placed into a cast for three weeks if MRI scans show no sign of ligaments or bone damage.

Following the game against the Packers, the Chiefs host the Minnesota Vikings, then take on the Titans in Tennessee and the Chargers in Mexico City before their Week 11 bye.

In all likelihood, Mahomes will return before then but the Chiefs are unlikely to rush him back, even if a third consecutive loss at home would see them slide to 4-3.

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Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tended to by trainers after sustaining an injury in the second quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on October 17 in Denver, Colorado. Dustin Bradford/Getty