Patrick Mahomes will not play in Week 17 for the reason that Chiefs have all the pieces locked up within the AFC.

Kansas Metropolis (14-1) clinched the No. 1 seed within the AFC in Week 16 with a win, that means there’s nothing to play for in Week 17 towards the Chargers. Andy Reid introduced Wednesday that Mahomes would certainly sit out Kansas Metropolis’s ultimate common season recreation, probably locking up the NFL MVP award for Aaron Rodgers. 

Beginning in Mahomes’ place will likely be veteran quarterback Chad Henne. The final recreation Henne began got here in 2014 for Jacksonville.

“I believe he’s excited,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid advised reporters of Henne. “He’s all in. It’s an incredible alternative for him.”

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Why is Patrick Mahomes sitting out Week 17?

The Chiefs have locked up all the pieces potential by way of 16 weeks. They gained the AFC West division. They secured a first-round bye within the playoffs, this 12 months by clinching the No. 1 seed for the AFC’s solely bye within the expanded playoff discipline.

It doesn’t matter what Kansas Metropolis does Sunday, it could’t change its playoff outlook from a seeding perspective. Solely destructive issues may occur, like a Mahomes harm.

Resting Mahomes in Week 17 offers him two weeks off if you add within the first-round bye within the playoffs, however Reid has persistently rested key gamers on this state of affairs up to now, and Week 17 of 2020 will likely be no totally different.

Who’s the Chiefs’ backup quarterback?

The Chiefs’ backup quarterback is Chad Henne. Henne, a second-round pick of Michigan in 2008, joined the Chiefs for the 2018 season after taking part in for the Dolphins and the Jaguars.

Henne has by no means began a recreation for Kansas Metropolis. He is made three appearances total, finishing 7-of-9 passes for 59 yards in a Chiefs uniform.

The final begin of Henne’s profession was on Sept. 21, 2014 for the Jaguars. Total, he is began 53 instances in his NFL profession and has an 18-35 document as a starter with 58 landing passes and 63 interceptions.

Henne will doubtless be backed up in Week 17 by Matt Moore, who’s served as Mahomes’ backup up to now however is presently on the apply squad. Mahomes must be inactive in order that even when Henne will get damage, the Chiefs aren’t pressured to make use of their famous person.