DENVER — Kansas Metropolis Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is a medical college graduate however did not want any explicit data to instantly notice the severity of Patrick Mahomes’ proper knee damage.

“Everyone may have recognized one thing was mistaken,” Duvernay-Tardif stated.

Mahomes dislocated his proper kneecap within the second quarter of Thursday night time’s recreation in opposition to the Denver Broncos. It was shortly massaged again into place by members of the Chiefs’ medical employees, however the quarterback left the sport at that time and did not return.

Tight finish Travis Kelce stated, “His knee did not even seem like a knee. It was all out of whack. I could not even describe it.”

The size of the absence for Mahomes, the NFL’s reigning MVP, was unclear. Till he is again, the Chiefs can be quarterbacked by 35-year-old Matt Moore, who completed the workforce’s 30-6 victory.

Mahomes was injured on a fourth-down quarterback sneak. Afterward, coach Andy Reid defended the playcall.

“Not too many individuals get harm on a sneak,” Reid stated. “It is a freak factor and it occurs.”

Within the moments after the play, Chiefs heart Austin Reiter discovered himself in a nasty place, with Mahomes mendacity on high of him.

“I feel I used to be simply yelling, ‘Get off me,’ however I did not notice it was him. And everyone’s telling me, I am listening to from the refs, ‘Simply keep nonetheless, keep nonetheless.’ And I am simply laying on my abdomen face down. I simply needed to hearken to the refs and never transfer. As quickly as I spotted it was his voice, I used to be like, all proper, I am not transferring an inch.”

A cart got here onto the sphere to remove Mahomes.

“He refused to get into the cart,” Reid stated.

He was as an alternative helped off the sphere by a few trainers. Gamers from each groups got here by to supply encouragement.

Mahomes quickly left for the locker room, at first helped by trainers and later strolling underneath his personal energy however with a limp.

The Chiefs understood the severity of the damage immediately. They declared Mahomes out for the remainder of the sport virtually instantly.

“He was saying, ‘It is out, it is out,'” Duvernay-Tardif stated. “No person actually understood what he meant at the moment after which we noticed it. … That is once we began panicking. Not panicking however seeing that he was not all proper.”

Mahomes was in good spirits within the locker room and on Twitter after the sport. TV cameras caught Mahomes main a postgame cheer within the Chiefs’ locker room whereas sporting a sleeve on his proper leg.

Off digicam, he gave a shoutout to his substitute, who may need to carry the Chiefs’ Tremendous Bowl hopes collectively till Mahomes can return.

“[He said,] ‘How about my man?'” Moore stated. “Guys cheered.”