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Chiefs think Mahomes can return before their Week 12 bye

Catch all the best moments from Friday's Pro Football Talk when Mike Florio and Big Cat dive into Patrick Mahomes' injury, its affects on the AFC and rip through Week 7 matchup previews.

The Chiefs have four games to play before their Week 12 bye week, and an optimistic assessment of Patrick Mahomes’ knee injury would be that Mahomes could return after the bye, having missed only those four games.

But a more optimistic assessment would be that Mahomes can actually return having missed fewer than four games.

Albert Breer of reports that the Chiefs believe Mahomes may be back before the bye. That would mean he plays in Week 11 against the Chargers, one month from today.

Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap that knocked him out of Thursday night’s game against the Broncos, but he reportedly avoided any ligament damage. The Chiefs may have dodged a bullet.