Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe questionable for Week 8 with groin injury
The Chiefs wide receiver was limited in Thursday’s practice after straining his groin towards the end of the workout. Bowe sat out Friday’s practice with the same issue. It’s starting to seem more likely that the Chiefs try to maintain their winless record against the Cleveland Browns without Bowe on the field this Sunday.
But Chiefs coach Andy Reid stressed that a decision on Bowe’s availability against the Browns won’t be made until later this week, which means he remains a game-time decision heading into Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium. Bowe’s officially listed as questionable on the Chiefs’ injury report.
"It's day to day,'' Reid said after Friday’s practice. “We'll just see how he does. He's feeling a little bit better today than he did yesterday.''
The seven-year pro – who signed a five-year, $56 million extension in the offseason – ranks second on the team with 25 receptions. But Bowe also has just 295 yards receiving and two touchdowns in his first seven games, and has thus struggled to get involved in the Chiefs’ unbeaten start for whatever reason.
If Bowe’s unable to play Sunday, then the Chiefs will have to turn to a group of receivers comprising of offseason acquisition Donnie Avery, fourth-year veteran Dexter McCluster as well as second-year players Junior Hemingway and A.J. Jenkins. Avery has 21 catches for 343 yards while starting six games this season. McCluster has 16 receptions for 186 yards with three starts. Hemingway and Jenkins combined just five receptions and a touchdown for 33 yards in limited playing time during the Chiefs’ first seven games.
"We try to spread it around as much as we can and give everyone an opportunity," Reid said. "We'll see how it all works out. We're not doing anything until we see who is playing here."
While McCluster remained optimistic about the odds of Bowe playing Sunday, the 25-year-old also said that he and his teammates will be ready to share the load if Bowe can’t go.
“That’s the good thing about this offense,” McCluster said, “everybody knows all the positions so you can move around. If a guy like that is missing, you have guys that can step in and play. I think that’s a good thing.”