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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will likely need surgery to repair a turf toe injury he suffered in the divisional playoff game with the Browns, according to NFL Network. The report said Mahomes will see a foot specialist after the Super Bowl and the expectation is he’ll need surgery.
Mahomes was listed on the injury report this past week but practiced fully each day. Mahomes did not show any effects of the injury in the AFC Championship game when he went 29 of 38 passing for 325 yards and three touchdowns. He said the toe is feeling a “lot better” this week.
“Having these two weeks to let it rest and heal up,” Mahomes said, “especially being almost three weeks, over three weeks away from the injury itself. If you look at those type of injuries, that kind of gives you the normal timeline. Definitely every single day that I get to rest it, makes it better.”
Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy was passed over for a head-coaching job again this year and it looks like he’ll be back in Kansas City next season.
ESPN and NFL Network both reported Bieniemy’s contract expires after the Super Bowl, but he is expected to re-sign with the team. The Chiefs and Bieniemy had thought there was no need to address his expiring contract because the expectation was he would land a head-coaching job, but he was not hired by any of the seven teams that hired new head coaches. It is the second straight year Bieniemy was viewed as a top candidate and received multiple interviews but did not land a job.
The 51-year-old Bienemy has been with the Chiefs since 2013 and has been the offensive coordinator for the past three seasons. The offense has been one of the best in the NFL over that time with Mahomes emerging as a star under Bieniemy.
Bieniemy has become the face of the league’s problems with minority hiring, something he spoke about this past week.
“I did not ask be the poster boy of this particular situation that I have experienced,” Bieniemy said Tuesday. “At the end of the day, the only thing that you want to do is be recognized with all the things that you’ve accomplished, and for whatever reason that has not happened. That’s OK, because the only thing I know what to do is to just go back to work and continue chopping wood.”
Lori Locust completed her second NFL season as an assistant defensive line coach for the Buccaneers, one of two women on the Tampa staff. Maral Javadifar is the assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Locust previously was the assistant defensive line coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football. In 2018, she was a defensive line coaching intern for the Ravens in training camp and from 2017-18 worked as a defensive line/linebackers coach and co-special teams coordinator of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the National Arena League.
“Coach Locust has been great to work with, now in my second year with her along my side,’’ defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. “She’s very smart, very detail-oriented.” She makes note every single practice of how we’re working on our steps and being consistent, rather than being lackadaisical and look at the position we’re in right now.”
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