Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the N.F.L.’s reigning most valuable player, had a magnetic resonance imaging test on his dislocated right kneecap on Friday, and the team said it was not sure how long he would be out but was preparing to go on without him for now.
“The kid had the M.R.I., and we don’t have all the information. That’s what I can give you,” Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said on Friday.
The Chiefs play Green Bay a week from Sunday, then face the Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans before a Monday night matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 18. The Chiefs (5-2) have their bye the next week, so they could possibly hold Mahomes out until Dec. 1 against Oakland.
Mahomes was hurt in a 30-6 victory in Denver on Thursday night while sneaking for first down on fourth-and-short deep in Broncos territory. Everyone jumped up from the pile but Mahomes, who quickly reached for his right knee as trainers rushed onto the field.
Physicians used what is called a reduction maneuver to guide the patella back into place, and Mahomes was helped to his feet and shooed away a waiting cart. As players from both teams gathered to pat him on the back, Mahomes limped off the field and to the locker room with little assistance.
Mahomes was in the X-ray room for a couple of minutes before he was ruled out for the rest of the game.
The Chiefs led by 13-6 when Mahomes left, and the journeyman quarterback Matt Moore, who was signed just before the season when Chad Henne broke his ankle, finished the game. Moore wound up going 10 of 19 for 117 yards, a good chunk of it coming on a 57-yard scoring strike to Tyreek Hill.
Reid indicated that Moore would now be the starter, and that the rookie Kyle Shurmur could be elevated from the practice squad as the backup.
“I shorted some throws and missed some stuff, some stuff I think the quarterback should hit,” Moore said, “but I kind of got into a little rhythm there as the game went on and Coach Reid had a nice flow going on with play calls and made me feel comfortable as we went on down.”
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