NFL Five steps to follow
For a third year in a row, the Kansas City Chiefs will take part in the American Football Conference final after beating the Browns 22-17.
It came at a price though, as possibly the league’s best quarter-back, Patrick Mahomes, may be unavailable to face the Bills and MVP candidate Josh Allen.
Linebacker Mack Wilson gave Mahomes a hard blow to the head and the quarter-back was out on the turf for a few seconds, struggling to stand up and eventually having to go off midway through the third quarter.
His coach, Andy Reid, said that he “is very good” but he must now follow a protocol to show that he is fit to play.
Patrick Mahomes is headed to the locker room after taking this hit.
? SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 17, 2021
The protocol usually takes 10 to 14 days to progress though, which the Chiefs are sure to cut down if at all possible.
There is no set time frame, but there are five steps that he has to follow to feature against the Bills.
The steps are: 1: Rest and recovery; 2. Light aerobic exercise; 3. Ongoing aerobic exercise and introduction of strength training; 4. Specific football activities; 5. Complete football activity and approval.
This last point includes the team doctor giving the go ahead for full football activity, implying contact, and the player must then be examined by the club’s assigned independent neurological consultant.