Watkins scores 3 TDs in Chiefs victory over Jaguars

Tyreek Hill was carted off the field with a shoulder injury

AP News Staff
September 09, 2019 - 2:01 am
Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins runs for the end zone against the Jacksonville Jaguars

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Despite losing star receiver Tyreek Hill early, Patrick Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a testy and tactful 40-26 victory over the injury-riddled Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Mahomes took a beating and even had to leave the game to get his left ankle taped in the second quarter. He nonetheless looked every bit as good as he did during last year's MVP campaign, leading the Chiefs to scores on each of their first seven possessions.

Jacksonville lost quarterback Nick Foles to a broken left clavicle.

Sammy Watkins caught nine passes for a career-high 198 yards and three TDs. Watkins slipped through the middle of Jacksonville's defense for a 68-yard score on the third play of the season and added a 49-yard TD reception late in the opening quarter. He made defenders Ronnie Harrison, Jalen Ramsey and Miles Jack look silly while strolling into the end zone twice. He beat Ramsey again for a short TD in the fourth period.

Jacksonville had major issues on both sides of the ball, fairly reminiscent of last year's 16-point loss at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 5. This one may have been more of a debacle - and maybe more costly.

Mahomes picked apart what some believed is an elite defense, throwing for 313 yards in the first half and doing most of it without Hill. The three-time Pro Bowler departed after landing on his left shoulder near the sideline.

Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill carries the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars
Tyreek Hill's Injury

Hill, who siged a three-year $54 million contract extension on Friday, was transported to a hospital after sustaining a shoulder injury.

The team's head athletic trainer, Rick Burkholder, detailed the precautions emergency personnel took with the Pro Bowl receiver.

Burkholder says Hill had a "sternoclavicular joint injury," which is where the collarbone meets the sternum and can become a serious medical issue. Hill was taken to Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, and his care was turned over to an ortho-trauma physician.

Burkholder adds that Hill was being treated to "reduce the dislocation or the injury."

Hill was hurt while being tackled by Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey near the sideline. Following the hit, Hill was attended to by the training staff before he was carted off the field.

Hill had two catches for 16 yards.

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