Bengals vs. Chiefs: Injury roundup ahead of AFC Championship week

No NFL team left standing at the end of January is completely healthy. Even players who are still active deal with injuries and play with them.

That will be the case in this week’s AFC Championship game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs, and no injury takes center stage more than Patrick Mahomes’ sprained ankle.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed Mahomes’ injury during his Monday presser, and said the star quarterback will take it “day to day” but intends to play. The door is open even if he is not practicing.

“Yeah, it’s possible. Yeah. [I] think so,” Reid said. “He never did that, so I don’t have an answer for you on that.”

Mahomes finally dressing for the game will come as no surprise. What remains to be seen is how effective he will be beyond ball throwing. We won’t get a clear answer until the lights come on this Sunday.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has a few injuries to watch out for this week. The statuses of offensive linemen Jonah Williams and Alex Cappa are to improve, but it’s far too early in the week to predict whether they’ll actually play. The safe bet right now is that neither player will be ready.

Off the offensive line, Trey Hendrickson had X-rays immediately after Sunday’s game but did well and should be ready for this weekend. We will also learn if Tre Flowers can return after missing Sunday with a hamstring injury.

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