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NFL Insiders Have Early Injury Update On Patrick Mahomes

patrick mahomes at the afc championship game

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts in the second half against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes left tonight's game in the second quarter with an ugly-looking knee injury. He was soon declared out for the game by the team.

On television, it looked like Mahomes' knee was "relocated" on the field. Amazingly, he was able to walk to the locker room.

There is no official diagnosis yet; that won't come until tomorrow, at the earliest. But the preliminary reports on Mahomes are somewhat encouraging.

NFL Network's James Palmer and Yahoo Sports' Terez Paylor are both reporting that Mahomes did dislocate his kneecap. However, there doesn't appear to be a break.

An MRI will determine if there's any ligament damage.

If Mahomes has no ligament, cartilage or bone damage, he might not miss much time at all. Realistically, he'd be out a few weeks.

However, if the ligaments are affected, his absence will be prolonged. That would be bad news for Kansas City and the NFL as a whole.

You can bet Chiefs' fans everywhere will be holding their breath waiting for those MRI results. The fate of the team's season hangs in the balance.