Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was cleared under the sport’s concussion protocols, Mahomes and Coach Andy Reid said following the Chiefs’ loss at Tennessee.
“I kind of took my time getting up but I felt fine,” Mahomes said during his postgame news conference. “But obviously you have to kind of go through those things, the protocol things, to get everything I need to do to be here right now.”
Mahomes was helped to his feet and to the sideline after being hit in the head while being dragged to the turf on a fourth-quarter play. Backup Chad Henne finished the game for the Chiefs.
“I have full memory of the play,” Mahomes said. “It’s just kind of you get hit pretty hard, sometimes you just want to lay there and plus it was fourth down …. It was a disappointing day and a disappointing way to end it.”
Reid said that he made the decision to remove Mahomes from the game.
“He was out of the protocol,” Reid said during his news conference. “He cleared the protocol, or whatever the term is.”
The Chiefs’ record fell to 3-4 with the 27-3 defeat to the Titans.
“You’re embarrassed,” Mahomes said. “I mean, you just got spanked pretty good. We were coming in here, trying to build off momentum of the week before. And we didn’t do that. So, I mean, it’s just trying to find a way to get better for next week.”
Reid said, “I’m seeing things I haven’t seen before.”
But he also continued to express confidence in his team.
“I trust the locker room,” Reid said. “I trust the players and the coaching. We’ve got to make sure we hang together and fix the problem. The easy way out is not doing that. So we’ve got to hang together and get it fixed.”