USA TODAY Sports photo of Patrick Mahomes
USA TODAY Sports photo of Patrick Mahomes

Reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes was ruled out of Thursday night's game in Denver by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter with what's believed to be a significant right knee injury. Multiple reports indicate Mahomes dislocated his kneecap but didn't suffer a fracture and will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury and timeline for a potential return to the field.

Mahomes, the Chiefs superstar coming off one of the best quarterbacking seasons in NFL history, had been playing through a high ankle sprain the past three weeks and suffered the injury on a fourth-and-1 QB sneak

Former longtime NFL team doctor David Chao posted a short while ago that based on video evidence, although the injury appears significant and most likely will require surgery, it's possible Mahomes can put it off until after the season and return in a few weeks.

Mahomes, who'd completed 10 of his first 11 passes including a 21-yard touchdown to rookie Mecole Hardman, was replaced by veteran Matt Moore late in the second quarter with a 10-6 lead. The Chiefs then tacked on a 20-yard field goal and a five-yard Reggie Ragland before halftime, and Moore connected with Tyreek Hill on a long second-half touchdown en route to a Chiefs route, 27-6.

Kansas City snapped a two-game skid to improve to 5-2; now the question becomes whether they'll have the best quarterback in the world back at some point this season.