Thursday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos was supposed to be nothing special. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were going to get back on the right side of the scoreboard with a win against a division rival, the Denver Broncos. But instead, the world came to a crashing halt for the Chiefs and thousands of fantasy football players.
Patrick Mahomes went down with an injured knee.
Mahomes stays down with a knee injury after the QB sneak 😬pic.twitter.com/V3kD61v3jK
— Sports ReUp (@SportsReUp) October 18, 2019
The reigning NFL MVP had been dealing with an ankle injury the last few weeks, which made the decision to run a quarterback sneak a questionable one. When the pile cleared, his leg didn’t quite look right. It was clear something was seriously wrong.
Twitter Reacts to Patrick Mahomes Injury in Characteristically Irreverent Fashion
As could be expected when something like this happens to such a talented player, the Twitter-verse went crazy with all sorts of reactions—and a ton of jokes:
“Patrick Mahomes is out with a knee injury”
Chiefs fans: pic.twitter.com/kMXSvFiGzW
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) October 18, 2019
Me running to give Patrick Mahomes my right knee. pic.twitter.com/BIOkCcx9Db
— Carter Donnick (@CDonnick3) October 18, 2019
— Kathiana (@iconkathiana) October 18, 2019
— Eli Berkovits (@BookOfEli_NFL) October 18, 2019
Me running to the Chiefs and Broncos game to save Patrick #Mahomes 😂
— Dinar Store (@DinarStore_) October 18, 2019
So it turns out the Chargers are bad, the Browns aren’t as good as everyone thought, the Steelers are 🤮, Andrew Luck retires, and now Patrick Mahomes is hurt.
How does this work out for the Patriots every damn year?
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) October 18, 2019
Of course, it wasn’t all laughs and giggles from the legions of internet comedians out there. Many expressed concern for the young man who had just suffered what appeared to be a painful injury.
Some of his fellow quarterbacks also wished him well and hoped for a speedy recovery.
— ESPN (@espn) October 18, 2019
When Will Patrick Mahomes Be Back?
The word that quickly made the rounds online Thursday night was that Mahomes had dislocated his kneecap. Medical staff on the field could be seen putting it back in place during the broadcast. He was able to make it to the locker room at halftime and met the team there after the game, a 30-6 victory.
The MRI has confirmed the #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap, but not significant additional damage, sources tell me and @JamesPalmerTV. He’ll seek additional opinions to be sure. The plan is for him to return this season after a brief absence.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 18, 2019
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, an MRI confirmed that Mahomes had suffered a dislocated kneecap but avoided additional damage. He should return this season following a vaguely-defined “brief absence.”
For now, about the only thing that is for sure is this—the Madden Curse has struck again!
Madden 18: Tom Brady loses Super Bowl to backup QB
Madden 19: Antonio Brown suffers mental illness
Madden 20: Patrick Mahomes suffers knee injury after a foot injury isn’t enough pic.twitter.com/lp1XV7H0GR
— Jeff (@Beep123123123) October 18, 2019
It is hard not to wonder now if Madden will change his rating again.