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A very unfortunate injury....only one example of why some teams totally avoid QB sneaks. It appears by video that he sustained a lateral dislocation of his patella. Fortunately, it was quickly relocated. This injury always damages patellar stabilizing ligament(s) [and sometimes their attached muscles] stretching and tearing. He will need to undergo MRI to determine if there is any underlying articular cartilage that was damaged/sheared with the displacement movement. MRI will also be looking for potential fracture of the patella or bone fragment connected to the patella ligaments [these findings can be found in 30-40% of dislocations]...........this scenario is less likely but still possible due to the way he walked off the field without significant limp. I wrote about this injury with Trent Williams and said that this injury is very difficult to play through and requires surgery if there is any chance of no further dislocation. Williams tried to tough it out, and as I predicted, during that period, his performance was to say the least tepid.......and he eventually opted for surgery.Mahomes goes out with a knee injury, what say you doc?
If Mahomes has not other significant damage, he could theoretically try to play with a specialized patellar brace..........and this would in no way guarantee no re-dislocation (and with it potentially additional damage)...........and even this type of return to play is unlikely to be wise short of 1 month or longer. [And this is not even taking into consideration that if he tries to return from this injury, he is likely to be chronically dogged by his ankle sprains throughout the remainder of the season.] What I can guarantee is that at one point in time, Mahomes like Williams will have to give up the ghost and have the surgery. This type of surgery can be anywhere from a 6-9 month rehab prior to being able to return to play. If by any miracle, he is able to make it through the season and have his surgery in the offseason, there would be no guarantee that he would be ready for the 2020 season. It may be much smarter for him and/or the team to shut him down early, and give him the best chance that he comes back next season healthy.