Mar 21, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (left) alongside teammate Travis Kelce in a suite during the Phoenix Suns game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: ‘The toe’s feeling great’

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes provided a promising update on his surgically repaired toe.

Mahomes reiterated Thursday that he feels healthy following an offseason operation. In fact, he was comfortable enough to grab his clubs in preparation for the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament in South Lake Tahoe, Nev.

“The toe’s feeling great,” Mahomes told the NFL Network. “I’m out here playing golf, being able to walk around the course. I’ve been running, cutting, jumping, throwing, doing it all. So I’m just excited to get back to training camp and have another chance to make a run at it and win the Super Bowl this year.”

Mahomes, 25, had the procedure days after guiding the Chiefs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, in which they dropped a 31-9 decision to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Feb. 7.

Mahomes played through the turf toe injury, which was sustained in the playoffs during Kansas City’s 22-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round on Jan. 17.

Mahomes was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2018 before his consecutive Super Bowl seasons, including a 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

Mahomes has a 38-8 career regular-season record as a starter in four NFL seasons, all with the Chiefs. Last year, he completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards with 38 touchdowns and six interceptions. For his career, he has a 66 percent completion rate with 14,152 passing yards, 114 TD passes and 24 interceptions.

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Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Patrick Mahomes expected to participate in OTAs

Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes is on track to participate in organized team activities, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.

Mahomes has been working his way back from offseason surgery to repair a turf toe injury in February. The 25-year-old had the procedure days after guiding the Chiefs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, in which they fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mahomes, who previously said he was ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation, is expected to take part in a limited capacity when the Chiefs begin OTAs on Tuesday. He reportedly will take on a larger role during the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Mahomes played through the turf toe injury, which was sustained in the playoffs during Kansas City’s victory over the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round in January.

Mahomes was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2018 before his consecutive Super Bowl seasons, including a win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

Mahomes has a 38-8 career regular-season record as a starter in four NFL seasons, all with the Chiefs. Last year, he completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards with 38 touchdowns and six interceptions. For his career, he has a 66 percent completion rate with 14,152 passing yards, 114 TD passes and 24 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) pressures Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes ahead of schedule after toe surgery

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Monday he is ahead of schedule in his rehab after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a turf toe injury.

Mahomes had the procedure days after guiding the Chiefs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, in which they fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“Obviously, we’re trying to be cautious and not push me out there too soon, but I’m doing what I can,” Mahomes said. “I’ve gotten out of the boot finally. It took forever. Now I’m trying to get back on the field and get that stuff working.

“I’m sure they’ll keep me along that same pathway and that hopefully I can do some stuff by the end of the offseason.”

Mahomes played through the injury, sustained in the playoffs during Kansas City’s victory over the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round in January.

Mahomes, 25, was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2018 before his consecutive Super Bowl seasons, including a win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Even so, he believes he can get better as he gets healthier.

“There are so many different things I can improve in my game,” Mahomes said. “Being able to kind of restart and start from injury with the feet, I can really improve my footwork and try to make myself better.

“I’ve dealt with ankle injuries in my career and being able to teach myself how to hit the right spots in my feet, by teaching myself just how to get back from this injury I think will help me out in the long run and something that I can really focus on.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid added, “He’s got great flexibility in that toe. He worked his tail off, not a real fun thing for him to do with that. It seems like a small thing, but that toe is rather large and stiff before the surgery and after the surgery. He’s really worked hard to get that right.”

Mahomes has a 38-8 career regular-season record as a starter in four NFL seasons, all with the Chiefs. Last year, he completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards with 38 touchdowns and six interceptions. For his career, he has a 66 percent completion rate with 14,152 passing yards, 114 TD passes and 24 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is pressures by Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Patrick Mahomes to have surgery for turf toe

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will have surgery Wednesday to repair a turf toe injury, multiple outlets reported.

He is expected to miss most of the team’s offseason work but be ready to go by training camp, per NFL Network and ESPN.

Mahomes injured his left big toe in the first quarter of the 22-17 divisional playoff victory against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 17.

He had one of the worst games of his NFL career in Sunday’s 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, completing 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed five times for 33 yards and was sacked three times.

Mahomes’ 52.3 passer rating was the lowest of the 25-year-old’s four-year career, spanning 46 regular-season starts and eight postseason starts.

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Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes: I’ll be motivated the rest of career by SB loss

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Monday vowed to get better after his career-worst performance in Super Bowl LV, saying he’ll be “motivated” for the rest of his career.

This coming from a player who already has one Super Bowl title on his resume.

“It was a bad feeling in that locker room after the game,” Mahomes said. “You don’t want to have that feeling again.

“When you’re a competitor and get so close to your ultimate goal and fall short, it’s something that will motivate you for the rest of your career,” Mahomes said. “We’ll set the tone from the beginning (of next year) that we have to be better.”

Mahomes threw for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns during the regular season but finished just 26 of 49 for 270 yards Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throwing two interceptions. His 52.3 passer rating was a career worst.

“I’m going to look at the film and try to find ways to get better,” Mahomes said. “Obviously with our offense and the success that we’ve had, when teams see the defensive plan that (the Bucs) had and how well it worked, they’re obviously going to try to do the same things. So we’ll try to find ways to combat that. It’s the evolution of our offense where we’re going to have to do better things and be more efficient.”

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Oct 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid speaks to quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) in the first half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid would join elite company by winning SB LV

The way Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes sees it, he and coach Andy Reid get a chance to check off two accomplishments with a win on Sunday in Super Bowl LV in Tampa.

“To go out there and get to have a chance to repeat and get to do it against the best, I mean, it’s something special and I’m excited for the opportunity,” he said.

Mahomes and Reid’s goal of winning the Super Bowl and denying Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady his seventh one in the process would put Mahomes and Reid in elite company.

Mahomes and Reid would be the first quarterback-coach duo to win consecutive Super Bowls since Brady and Bill Belichick led the New England Patriots to titles in 2003-04 seasons.

Mahomes would join Bart Starr, Bob Griese, Terry Bradshaw (twice), Joe Montana, Troy Aikman and John Elway as quarterbacks who’ve back-to-back Super Bowl crowns. Each of them is enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

The comparisons between Mahomes and Brady really started heating up during the wintry night of Jan. 20, 2019. That’s when Brady rallied the Patriots to a 37-31 win over Mahomes’ Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium to advance to Super Bowl LIII.

Before leaving the stadium, Brady found Mahomes inside the Chiefs locker room and offered him encouragement.

“It kind of just re-emphasized that I was doing things the right way, that I was putting in the right work and that I would have more opportunities to be in these games,” Mahomes said. “I’ve been lucky enough to be in two more of them since and win both of those. So to get to go up against the great [Brady] and a great football team as well, I’m excited for the opportunity.

“The biggest thing Tom said to me was just to stay with the process and keep being who I am. That’s something that’s important. As a guy who’s had so much success every year he’s been in the NFL, he goes out there every single day and treats it like it’s the most important day. That’s something that I’ll try to do for my entire career.”

Reid appreciated the gesture.

“Well, I would say it was unique,” Reid said. “I mean, he didn’t have to do that. He is arguably the best quarterback to ever play the game and he surely didn’t have to come over and say a word. But he did that, and I think for a young quarterback to have somebody of his stature do that, I think was a tremendous gesture and it was heartfelt.

“He didn’t have to do it and he wasn’t putting on a show. There was nobody there to really see it, so it was really just his respect for Pat and in return, Pat’s respect for him.”

Reid can also earn a lot of respect regarding his place among the NFL’s all-time great coaches with a win on Sunday, which likely won’t be possible unless Mahomes plays well.

If the Chiefs win on Sunday, Reid will have two Super Bowl wins, making him one of 10 coaches with exactly two Super Bowl titles. Of the nine men who have two titles, five – Don Shula, Tom Landry, Bill Parcells, Jimmy Johnson and Vince Lombardi — received the call from Canton. The other four — Tom Flores, George Seifert, Tom Coughlin and Mike Shanahan — are on the outside looking in though Flores is the Coach Finalist and could earn induction on Saturday.

Mahomes said the Chiefs have been focused on winning Super Bowl LV since the season’s outset.

“Instead of soaking in all the glory of winning the Super Bowl last year,” Mahomes said, “we went back to work every single day to make ourselves better and to prepare ourselves for every single situation that could arise and it put us in this game.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, CA USA;  Green Bay Packers president and chief executive officer Mark Murphy in attendance before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levin's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Packers CEO: ‘We’re not idiots. Aaron Rodgers will be back’

Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy did his best to clear the air surrounding speculation of Aaron Rodgers’ future with the team.

“We’re not idiots,” Murphy told The 5th Quarter Show on WNFL in Green Bay. “Aaron Rodgers will be back. He’s our leader.”

The rumor mill in regard to Rodgers’ future with the team was set in motion mere moments after the Packers dropped a 31-26 decision to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. Rodgers, 37, helped fuel conjecture by placing himself in a group of players with “uncertain” futures.

“There’s a lot of unknowns going into this offseason now. I’m going to have to take some time away, for sure, and clear my head and just kind of see what’s going on with everything,” Rodgers said. “But it’s pretty tough right now, especially thinking about the guys that may or may not be here next year. There’s always change. That’s the only constant in this business.”

Rodgers is the favorite to win NFL Most Valuable Player honors for the third time after passing for 4,299 yards and a franchise-record 48 touchdowns. Then again, questions began circling after the Packers traded up to select quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

From a financial standpoint, Rodgers reportedly is interested in a new deal on the heels of a sterling season. The third NFL MVP honor for Rodgers would prevent the second in three seasons for Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who received a 10-year, $503 million deal in July.

Rodgers has two seasons left on a four-year, $134 million contract. He would not be an easy player to move via trade.

Andrew Brandt, who is a former agent and worked in the Packers’ front office, noted that the quarterback could have leveraged more in terms adjusting the deal to the marketplace had he waited to sign a contract and not jumped at the deal in 2018.

Rodgers agreed to a then-NFL record $57.5 million signing bonus, with $78.7 million fully guaranteed at the signing.

–Field Level Media