Patrick Mahomes, who has missed the Chiefs’ last two games with a dislocated right kneecap, is closer to returning to action.
Mahomes put in a full practice Wednesday, according to official injury report, marking the first time the starting signal-caller has been able to get in a complete workload since suffering the injury in Week 7. He participated on a limited basis the past two weeks before not playing in the past two games.
Wednesday proved a big step after head coach Andy Reid said earlier in the day that Mahomes would get pushed a little more in practice this week.
“Patrick is going to practice today,” Reid said. “I can’t give you an answer how much. I think it’s going to be day to day, and see how he handles it. He didn’t take a ton of reps last week. So we’ll try to increase him more a little bit and see how it works out.
“He obviously wants to play. That’s him. He wanted to play 20 minutes after it happened.”
“It” happened in the first half of the Chiefs’ Oct. 17 victory at the Denver Broncos. Mahomes suffered the injury while picking up a first down on a quarterback sneak.
The Chiefs’ backup, Matt Moore, entered the game in relief and has taken every snap since then. He has completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 569 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos that day and have since lost a close game to the Green Bay Packers and beaten the Minnesota Vikings — two tough NFC North opponents.
Now the Chiefs visit the Tennessee Titans Sunday. They never announced a timetable for Mahomes’ return, but updates about the injury have been positive and Mahomes has participated on a limited basis in pregame warmups, throwing to receivers, before each of the last two games.
On Moore, Reid said he’s “done a nice job. He’s tougher than shoe leather. From where he was to where he is now is a tribute to him.”
The Chiefs signed Moore after Chad Henne injured his ankle in the third preseason game. Henne has since been activated and Reid was asked if the team would keep all three quarterbacks on its active roster when Mahomes returns. Reid said that decision would be left to general manager Brett Veach.
As for Mahomes, the Titans are preparing this week to face him after seeing Mahomes’ excited reaction to Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker’s game-winning kick in Week 9.
“He got a pretty good jump there at the end of the game,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said of Mahomes during a Wednesday teleconference. “He got pretty good air.”
Tackle Eric Fisher and defensive end Alex Okafor didn’t practice Wednesday. Defensive end Frank Clark, who has been battling a neck injury, and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who has been out with an ankle injury, practiced on a limited basis, as did cornerback Kendall Fuller (thumb).
The Chiefs listed defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin), quarterback Chad Henne (ankle), defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (elbow), defensive tackle Joey Ivie (back) and punter Dustin Colquitt (left thigh) as full participants.
Also, the Chiefs made a move on their practice squad, signing former New Orleans Saints tight end Alize Mack and releasing punter Jack Fox.