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Andy Reid Announces Decision On Week 17 Quarterback

Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes on the field before a Kansas City Chiefs game.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - NOVEMBER 03: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs talks with head coach Andy Reid before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Arrowhead Stadium on November 03, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs locked up home-field advantage for the playoffs with their win over the Atlanta Falcons last weekend. With the top seed officially in their back pocket, Andy Reid has a decision to make at quarterback.

Whether people want to admit it, the regular season finale for the Chiefs is a meaningless game. So with that being said, Kansas City is going to protect some of its star players from potential injuries. As you'd expect, Patrick Mahomes is part of that group.

Reid announced this Wednesday afternoon that Chad Henne will start at quarterback this weekend against the Los Angeles Chargers.

This isn't a huge surprise since this game has zero playoff implications for either side. Mahomes is technically in an MVP race with Aaron Rodgers, but it's not worth risking an injury with the playoffs just around the corner.

Mahomes will finish the 2020 season with 4,740 passing yards, 38 touchdown passes, and six interceptions. He'd almost certainly pass the 5,000-yard mark for the season if he was allowed to play this Sunday.

Earlier this week, Mahomes discussed the possibility of sitting out the regular season finale. It sounds like he has full confidence in the coaching staff.

"I just trust in the coaches," Mahomes said, via ESPN. "I'm going to be ready to go whenever that is. I'm going to be ready to try to win a football game. Coach Reid has done this a long time and (offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy) has done this a long time. All those guys have done this for a long time and they know what's best for the team and we'll be ready to go whenever that is."