KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will have surgery this week on the turf toe injury he suffered in the playoffs, likely sidelining him for the start of the offseason program but ensuring he’ll be ready well before training camp.

Mahomes met with coaches and trainers on Monday, one day after the Chiefs were beaten 31-9 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, and the decision was made to have surgery later in the week, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the plans had not been disclosed publicly.

NFL Network was first to report that Mahomes would have surgery on Wednesday.

Mahomes had his worst game as an NFL quarterback on Sunday, getting pressured on 29 of his 59 drop-backs – the most in Super Bowl history – behind a patchwork offensive line decimated by opt-outs and injuries this season.

He wound up going 26 of 49 for 270 yards with two interceptions and no touchdown passes. It was the fifth time in 54 career games, including the playoffs, that Mahomes failed to throw a TD pass and the first time the Chiefs failed to reach the end zone at all. His passer rating of 52.3 was more than 10 points below the previous worst of his career.

“As of today, I’m going to do whatever I can to look at the film and try to find ways to get better,” Mahomes said Monday, roughly 14 hours after the Super Bowl ended. “Obviously with our offense and the success that we’ve had, when teams see the defensive plan that they had and how well it worked, they’re obviously going to try to do the same thing.”

It didn’t help that the Chiefs were down to just one offensive lineman — center Austin Reiter — who had been projected to be the starter this season, and that Mahomes was not able to run as effectively on his sore foot.

“I mean, I can’t say the toe was a problem when I played two weeks ago and played well on it,” Mahomes said afterward.

Chiefs Coach Andy Reid tried to shoulder the blame for the poor performance by Mahomes and the rest of the offense in the Super Bowl, and he also pointed out that his 25-year-old quarterback still has just three years of starting NFL experience.

“He’ll continue to grow here,” Reid said. “He played his heart out, but like all of us, obviously it wasn’t good enough. None of us, starting with me, can sit here and say we really had our best game. But he sure has a great foundation and great drive to be the best. So we’ll regroup and we’ll give him a few things he can work on, and I’m sure he has a few on his mind, too.”

• Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackers coach Britt Reid, the son of Coach Andy Reid, has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into a traffic crash that left two young children injured, one critically, the team announced.

The team has said Britt Reid was involved in a multi-vehicle crash last Thursday near the team’s training complex next to Arrowhead Stadium. He did not travel with the team to the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay.

Andy Reid said his son underwent surgery after the crash but few other details have been released.

A 5-year-old girl, identified by the Chiefs as Ariel Young, remained in critical condition. The Chiefs said in their statement the organization has reached out to her family and is providing resources and support.

Kansas City police said the crash happened just after 9 p.m. Thursday, when a truck hit two vehicles on the side of a highway entrance ramp.

Britt Reid told police he had “two or three drinks” and had a prescription for Adderall when the accident occurred, according to a search warrant filed late Thursday night. Police have said they are investigating whether Reid was impaired before the crash.

Police said the investigation of the crash could take several weeks.

SUPER BOWL RATINGS: The Buccaneers’ rout of the Chiefs in the Super Bowl drew a total audience of 96.4 million viewers. CBS said Tuesday the audience included record digital numbers for a game that had lost its competitive edge by halftime – Tampa Bay won 31-9 – and was marked by limited watch parties because of the pandemic.

The most watched Super Bowl was in 2015. The New England-Seattle game drew 114.4 million viewers. CBS said Sunday’s championship was the most live-streamed NFL game, averaging 5.7 million viewers per minute, up 65% from last year’s Super Bowl. It was also the first NFL game to deliver more than 1 billion total streaming minutes.

VIKINGS: Minnesota will keep its playbook in the family with the promotion of Klint Kubiak to offensive coordinator after his father’s retirement.

The Vikings finalized the hire Tuesday, a widely expected decision by Coach Mike Zimmer in step with his stated desire to maintain as much continuity for the offense as possible following Gary Kubiak’s departure.

Klint Kubiak, who will turn 34 next week, is in his second stint with the Vikings. He spent two seasons as a quality control and assistant wide receivers coach from 2013-14 and returned with his dad in 2019 as the quarterbacks coach.

GIANTS: Alex Tanney, who threw 15 passes in a nine-year NFL career, has retired.

The Giants announced the 33-year-old quarterback’s decision after three seasons with the team. His only appearance for New York was in Eli Manning’s final game in 2019, and he completed one pass.

After playing at Monmouth College in Illinois, Tanney entered the NFL as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. He also did stints with Dallas, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Tennessee (twice), Buffalo and Indianapolis before signing with the Giants on May 2, 2018.

Tanney was released at the end of training camp this past season. He was signed to the practice squad on Dec. 5.

Tanney played in one other regular-season game. On Jan. 3, 2016, he entered the Titans’ 2015 season finale in the third quarter after Zach Mettenberger was injured. Tanney completed 10 of 14 passes for 99 yards, including his lone career touchdown, a 5-yarder to Dorial Green-Beckham.

COLTS: Coach Frank Reich revamped his staff by hiring five new assistants, including Hall of Fame center Kevin Mawae. and moving four additional assistants into new jobs.

Tuesday’s announcement comes less than a month after Philadelphia hired former Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as its head coach. Sirianni took several other Colts coaches with him.

The biggest names on Reich’s list were Mawae, an eight-time Pro Bowler and former NFLPA president, and Scott Milanovich, the former Maryland quarterback and CFL head coach.

Mawae will become the new assistant offensive line coach after spending three seasons as an offensive analyst at Arizona State. Milanovich takes over as quarterbacks coach after working in the same capacity with Jacksonville from 2017-19 and spending the previous five seasons as coach of the Toronto Argonauts.

Reich also hired Joe Hastings as assistant special teams coach, former East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery, as running backs coach, James Rowe as cornerbacks coach, and former Eagles passing game coordinator Press Taylor as an offensive assistant.

In other moves, Klayton Adams switches from assistant offensive line coach to tight ends coach, Parks Frazier becomes assistant quarterbacks coach after spending last season as Indy’s offensive quality control coach, and David Overstreet II will go from defensive quality control coach to assistant defensive backs coach.

Reich also announced Doug McKenney will now be in charge of applied sports science/conditioning after spending the past three seasons as Indy’s assistant strength and conditioning coach.


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