The biggest injury question mark looming over the NFL’s conference championship games involves the‘ and the during the team’s 27-20 divisional round win over the .
Mahomes’ injury helped influencefor the Chiefs’ AFC Championship rematch against the , with Kansas City listed as underdogs — by as many as 2.5 points on several sportsbooks, including FOX Bet. (The line has since moved back to Bengals -1 as of Wednesday afternoon.)
The odds might continue to move, as thepracticed alongside the rest of his team Wednesday. Afterward, Mahomes doubled down on his vow that he’s going to play Sunday versus Cincinnati.
“I’m doing good. AFC Championship week, ready to go,” Mahomes said Wednesday. “[The ankle’s] doing good. I’ve had a few days of treatment, few days of rehab. Excited to get out on the practice field and kind of test it out and see where I’m at, but it’s feeling good so far.”
Mahomes this past weekend suffered the injury near the end of the first quarter, as Jacksonville linebackerfell on his right leg while trying to sack the star quarterback. Backup played the entire second quarter, leading a 98-yard touchdown drive before Mahomes returned after halftime and closed out the game a with noticeable limp.
Mahomes and the Chiefs will be seeking their first win over the Bengals sincearrived in Cincinnati as the first overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Bengals have won three consecutive meetings in the series, each by three points. That includes Week 13 in Cincinnati, as well as last year’s AFC Championship Game in Kansas City, when the Bengals rallied from an 18-point deficit to win 27-24 in overtime.
Sunday’s winner will once again advance to the, which will be played Feb. 12 and air on FOX and the FOX Sports App.
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