A report that surfaced during The Pat McAfee Show Wednesday claims that multiple players from the Kansas City Chiefs Wild Card matchup against the Miami Dolphins suffered frostbite. The report suggested Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was one of the players affected by frostbite.
The Kansas City Chiefs played in dangerously cold weather
An earlier report was released from Kansas City public officials, stating that numerous fans were hospitalized from the cold conditions Saturday night. The NFL reportedly monitored the weather forecast before the game and decided to continue on schedule despite the National Weather Service calling for “dangerously cold” conditions during the game.
The Chiefs used their underground heating system to try to warm up the field. They used heaters on the sideline to attempt to make the sidelines 40 degrees. However, ice was still visible on the field, and icicles formed on Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid’s mustache during the game.
NFL insider claims Chiefs’ and Dolphins’ players suffered frostbite
According to former NFL offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley’s report on McAfee’s show, multiple players received frostbite during the game.
“I think some [players] got frostbite too,” Shipley said. Shipley pointed at a picture of players on a projector screen and said players who weren’t wearing sleeves suffered frostbite. Shipley pointed at Mahomes and said, “We might have heard something maybe there.”
Shipley said his report came from multiple sources. However, he did not name who the multiple sources were. Shipley did not go into more detail about what players specifically received frostbite other than to say both sides suffered the injury.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 17, 2024
Patrick Mahomes was not on the injury report Wednesday
Despite the precautions taken before and during the game, the temperature conditions on the field were still dangerous. Heaters underneath the ground didn’t melt all of the ice on the field. Regardless of the heaters under the field, nothing protected players from the chilly wind blowing on them from above.
The NFL could have chosen to play the game earlier in the day when the sun was out. They could have rescheduled to another day or moved the game to a different venue. But the league chose to stay the course for a night game that risked its players’ health.
Mahomes was not placed on the Chiefs injury report on Wednesday for any reason. If the report is accurate and Mahomes suffered frostbite and was treated for it, the issue doesn’t seem to be a problem that will harm his availability against the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round.
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