Dwayne Bowe has been listed questionable by the Chiefs in their latest injury report due to a groin injury he suffered during practice. Adam Teicher of ESPN has you covered in the quotes.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid indicated a decision on Bowe’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium would be made on game day.
“It’s day to day,” Reid said. “We’ll just see how he does. He’s feeling a little bit better today than he did yesterday.”
According to Teicher, Bowe did not practice at all on Friday after being limited in practice on Thursday. As Reid’s quote would suggest, Bowe is essentially 50/50 to play on Sunday.
This could be a serious problem for the Chiefs offense. Cleveland has a very good defense who could shut down Kansas City even with Bowe. Without Bowe their job just got much easier.
This means a lot of pressure is going to be on Donnie Avery and Anthony Fasano to be the primary targets of the passing game. If they don’t show up then there are going to be about five guys around Jamaal Charles in the flat at all times, so Avery and Fasano have to make the Browns respect a downfield passing game.
But this is also an opportunity for Junior Hemingway. One would assume Hemingway would get a lot of reps if Bowe were to be out, and that most of those reps would find him in one-on-one coverage. We saw flashes from him in the preseason and saw him make a touchdown catch in the red zone against Jacksonville, but we haven’t seen him in a role quite as big as he may see Sunday. If he can knock that opportunity out of the park then things could get really interesting for the Chiefs in the second half of the season.