Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Wednesday that he won’t be slowed by an ailing ankle in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.
Mahomes aggravated a left ankle injury in last Sunday night’s 19-13 loss to Indianapolis. The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player initially sustained the injury in the Chiefs’ 40-26 season-opening victory over Jacksonville on Sept. 8.
“I actually feel pretty good today,” Mahomes said on Wednesday. “I feel like after the (Colts) game, it was sore after the game. But it’s feeling pretty good today so I’m glad to be able to go out there and practice on it and get it moving around and stuff like that. I feel like I’ll be fine playing and moving around and still doing what I need to do to win.
“It’s not perfect. I guess you would say that. But it’s good enough where I can run, cut, cut off of it and do all that type of stuff.”
Mahomes didn’t miss a snap versus the Colts, completing 22 of 39 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 17 yards on three carries. The 24-year-old has completed 128 of 195 passes for 1,831 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions this season.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid is being cautious with Mahomes’ primary target in speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who has been sidelined since sustaining a right clavicle injury in the season opener. Reid said Hill’s level of participation this week in practice will be determined on “purely how he feels.”
Hill, 25, had two catches for 16 yards in the opener before getting hurt against the Jaguars. Last season, Hill had 87 catches for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn first-team All-Pro honors.
Also on Wednesday, the Chiefs placed reserve defensive tackle Xavier Williams on injured reserve and waived guard Ryan Hunter.
Williams, who is nursing an ankle injury, recorded eight tackles and a forced fumble in five games this season.
The Chiefs also announced they signed defensive tackle Terrell McClain and guard Stefen Wisniewski on Wednesday.