The dreaded Madden curse reared its ugly head once again as Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes left Thursday night’s game with an apparent knee injury.
Patrick Mahomes seems to be the latest victim of the Madden curse. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback — who is also the cover athlete for Madden 20 — was off to a red hot start to the 2019-20 season.
In just six games, the third-year quarterback has already thrown for over 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns with just one interception. With a 111.9 quarterback rating, Mahomes was well on his way to another MVP-caliber season. The only thing in his way: Madden.
By now, the curse of the Madden cover star is well-known and despite how much EA wants to deny it, we all know it exists. Sure, a few players have eluded it, but it never really went away. It’s always lurked in the shadows, waiting to strike.
And on Thursday night, it did just that.
Facing a 4th-and-1 against the Denver Broncos with 10:00 left in the second quarter, the Chiefs called upon Mahomes for a routine QB sneak. And while he did pick up the first down, it wasn’t without sacrifice.
Mahomes remained on the ground after the play with an apparent knee injury. He looked to be in some pretty serious pain and was tended to by trainers on the field. At one point, it looked like they may have popped his knee back into place. And while Mahomes was able to walk off the field under his own power, the team quickly ruled him out with a knee injury.
While Mahomes did go to the X-ray room in the stadium, the team did not immediately offer details on the nature of his injury. He reportedly told Chiefs coach Andy Reid that he was going to be okay as he made his way off the field, so that seems to be a positive sign. But either way, you never want to see your star quarterback limping away from the field.
The good news is the Chiefs’ next game isn’t until October 27 against the Green Bay Packers. The potentially bad news is will still don’t know the extent of Mahomes’ injury. Sure, he was able to walk off the field on his own, but who knows what the X-ray may reveal.
Mahomes had already entered Thursday’s game with a left ankle injury that he tweaked in Week 5 when a teammate accidentally stepped on him. If this isn’t a sign that the Madden curse is alive and well, I don’t know what is.