Report: Patrick Mahomes to undergo surgery to repair turf toe

Liz Roscher
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will reportedly undergo surgery on Wednesday fix a torn plantar plate in his toe — commonly known as turf toe — according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Mahomes injured his toe on Jan. 17, during the divisional playoff game between the Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns. He was initially limping on that foot, but the severity of the injury was never really addressed. Mahomes left that game soon after that injury due to a concussion, and the toe issue became an afterthought.

The turf toe didn't seem to affect him for the rest of the playoffs. Mahomes was constantly scrambling during the Chiefs' loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV and he looked just fine. However, the injury was reportedly "significant," according to Rapoport.

"Hobbled" is a strong term, so it's pretty impressive that Mahomes was able to handle himself that well with such a significant injury.

Will Mahomes be ready for the 2021 season?

Mahomes will reportedly be having surgery just three days into the offseason. Getting it out of the way early will mean that he's got more time to recover. Rapoport only said that Mahomes' rehab time will be "several months," which leaves a major question: will he be ready for the 2021 season? According to Rap, the answer is yes.

Mahomes will obviously be limited in what he can do during at least part of offseason due to his toe. While he may be ready for the start of the 2021 season, we don't yet know what his timeline is and when he'll be able to get back to his normal offseason training program. It's possible that he could be slightly behind when he arrives for training camp. But that's a problem for the August 2021 Chiefs. For now, Mahomes is getting a nagging injury repaired and that will only make him better next season.

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Patrick Mahomes (15) of the Chiefs scrambles for yardage during the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Patrick Mahomes will reportedly have surgery on Wednesday to repair turf toe. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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