Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes set to play against Titans following knee injury


Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs jokes on the field before a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on October 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs will have the reigning MVP back on the field when the AFC West leaders take on the Tennessee Titans this weekend.

The team said quarterback Patrick Mahomes is ready to return from a knee injury that knocked him out of a game against Denver and sidelined him for the last two games.

Watch Mahomes speak at Friday's news conference in the video player below.

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Mahomes dislocated his right kneecap on a quarterback sneak against the Broncos when the Chiefs played in Denver on October 17.

Chiefs fans held their collective breath as a cart was summoned to take him from the field, but trainers popped the kneecap back into place and he walked off the field on his own power.

The injury was expected to cost him anywhere from three to six weeks of recovery time, though head coach Andy Reid said that Mahomes lobbied to get back in the game right after he was initially hurt.

He was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Reid saying on Friday that he's a go for Sunday's game.

Backup quarterback Matt Moore led the Chiefs to an eventual win in Denver, and split a pair of close games against NFC opponents at home in relief of Mahomes. He's completed 65% of his passes for 659 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Chiefs lost to Green Bay 31-24, but bounced back against the Minnesota Vikings 26-23 on the strength of a game-winning field goal from Harrison Butker. They lead the AFC West at 6-3, followed by the Oakland Raiders at 5-4.

Fans are ready for Mahomes' return.

"I probably would've liked to have seen him off another week, but he's got that fire in him," fan Dave Uko said. "You can't tone that down."

Jaime Heredia and his fiancé Tara Bries left Kansas City for Nashville on Friday night, excited to see Mahomes play.

But before they jumped on their plane, Heredia didn't want to fail to give credit where he believed it was due.

“You know what? Matt Moore's actually played really well," he said. "A lot of people were going to be disappointed because Mahomes wasn't playing, but he's played really well. The defense has actually had to step up. I'm a Matt Moore fan because he did us really well for what he did.”

Sunday's kickoff is at noon in Nashville, and FOX4's Harold Kuntz will be there providing full coverage. Be sure to tune in to KC End Zone, FOX4's new show exclusively about the Chiefs on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

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