“He just wasn’t ready right now,” Reid said. “That was our decision, not his. He wanted to play right after it happened. He just needs a little bit of time here.”
Reid said Mahomes is “close” to being able to play.
When Mahomes suffered the injury — a member of the medical staff appeared to straighten and pop the reigning MVP’s right knee into place — the initial belief was that he would miss at least three weeks.
Things looked more positive after an MRI, and then Mahomes was able to throw in practice, participating on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday. At the time, Reid wouldn’t rule Mahomes out, and Matt Moore, who will get the start Sunday, said he hadn’t been told who would be the No. 1 quarterback against the Packers.
“He’s a professional,” wide receiver Sammy Watkins said of Moore. “He’s been playing 10 years, and he knows the game. I played against him when he was at Miami and he beat us, so I have nothing but faith in him and what he’s going to do, and he’s going to go out there and play great.”
ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.