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Patrick Mahomes wearing special shoes as Chiefs star battles turf toe injury

Patrick Mahomes will reportedly wear a special left shoe as the Kansas City Chiefs take on Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Mahomes missed the end of last week’s win over Cleveland Browns due to concussion, though had suffered an earlier injury.

He will battle through turf toe in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday with the Chiefs, who are reigning Super Bowl champions, planning to protect their quarterback.

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer has reported that Mahomes’ left shoe will be equipped with a special carbon fibre orthotic in order to protect his injury.

Mahomes had said on the injury earlier this week: “The next day [after the Browns game] was very sore, and every single day since then it’s gotten a lot better.

“It’s stuff that you deal with being a football player. You deal with injuries.

“Luckily enough for me, this wasn’t as bad as it looked, and it felt that day of and the day after.”

In the absence of Mahomes against the Browns, back-up quarterback Chad Henne saw the Chiefs home.

Henne completed six of his eight passes, though it was his run when on third and 14 that really helped the Chiefs. He then fired a short pass for Tyreek Hill to secure the first down, which sealed the victory.

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“Listen all the guys have confidence in Chad (Henne),” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said on Monday.

“I mean if he has to be in there, just like they did Matt (Moore) the year before, it’s the way those guys handle themselves.

“I don’t think that wouldn’t change if he has to play. I don’t think twice about that.

“If Pat can’t go, then Chad jumps in and rolls.”

The Chiefs will hope it doesn’t come to that though, with Mahomes cleared to play against the Bills.

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