The Chiefs haven’t publicly assigned Mahomes’s recovery a timeline, but this regime does not want to be remembered for compromising the health of the most mesmerizing player in franchise history.
When he is ready to play, he will, whether that is next week against Minnesota, two weeks, three or more.
“We understand we’ve got a lot of talent in our locker room and it doesn’t necessarily matter who plays,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “As long as somebody’s playing, we feel like we’ve got a chance.”
That somebody at quarterback Sunday was Moore, in his 11th season, making his 31st career start. Just two months ago, Moore was coaching quarterbacks at his alma mater, Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Calif.
Then the Chiefs called.
No training camp, no preseason. Before replacing Mahomes in Denver, Moore had taken all of nine snaps this season. “Watching Pat, it’s easy to want to play like him,” Moore said last week. “Which I can’t.”
In fairness, few, at least on this planet, can. But what Moore can provide — what he did provide Sunday night — is a certain familiarity with doing what is asked of him, what is required. On the sideline, Mahomes aided him, sharing what he saw.
“He told me everything that came to his mind,” said Moore, who completed 24 of 36 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns. “I told him, ‘Don’t hold anything back. You be you.’”