Mahomes to have surgery on injured toe

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will have surgery this week on the turf toe injury he suffered in the playoffs.

The operation will probably sideline him for the start of the off-season programme but ensure that he'll be ready well before training camp.

Mahomes met with coaches and trainers on Monday, the 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, the AP agency has been told.

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 had said on Monday.

"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."