In Monday morning’s press conference, Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury shed some hopeful, if still unclear, light on the injury to his standout quarterback.
Initial reports regarding Red Raider Quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ injury indicated the injury is a grade 2 AC joint strain and was not as severe as many first feared it to be, but would still likely sideline Mahomes for at least a few weeks.
To no surprise, the topic of his star quarterback’s injury was the first topic of discussion at Monday’s press conference in Lubbock. To which, Kingsbury responded shortly and without much detail. When asked if there was an update on Mahomes’ injury status, Kingsbury instantly answered “No,” then added that he did not know whether or not Mahomes would play this coming Saturday.
“We kinda handle that day-to-day,” Kingsbury said. “Every day he shows up, we’ll do rehab and see if he gets there.”
Kingsbury was later asked if the injury is indeed a sprain to Mahomes’ shoulder as reported.
“It’s a shoulder area injury. Let’s leave it at that,”Kingsbury replied.
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Though Kingsbury hasn’t officially ruled out Mahomes for this weekend’s matchup against Kansas State, which some Red Raider fans will surely find to be a hopeful sign that their quarterback could be back in action sooner than expected, Kliff is likely just trying to use the guessing game to his team’s advantage, and it is doubtful that he will play against the Wildcats.
While the timetable for his return is unclear, a quick search shows an athlete would typically miss 4-6 weeks on the injury Mahomes is rumored to have suffered. However, it’s no secret that Mahomes is a tough competitor and is surely hoping for a quick return to keep his Heisman-caliber numbers on track.