Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes to sit vs. Chargers, Blaine Gabbert to start

Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and other starters won’t play in the team’s regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, coach Andy Reid said Wednesday.

Instead, Blaine Gabbert will start in place of Mahomes. The 34-year-old backup appeared in one game this season, completing three passes for 31 yards in the Chiefs’ 41-10 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 3. The 2011 first-round pick last started for the Tennessee Titans in 2018.

The news of Mahomes sitting ahead of the postseason doesn’t come as a major surprise. Kansas City locked up the AFC West for an eighth consecutive year with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and sit third in the conference.

Mahomes, in his seventh season with the Chiefs, has thrown for 4,183 yards and 27 touchdowns in 16 games this season.

This will be updated.