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Chiefs’ McCluster, Fasano listed as probable for Sunday

Updated: 2013-12-20T21:27:02Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

It appears the Chiefs will get at least two of their four injured starters back this Sunday against Indianapolis.

Receiver Dexter McCluster (ankle) and tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion), who both missed last Sunday's game against Oakland, are listed as probable on the injury report and were full participants in Friday's practice.

Meanwhile, left tackle Branden Albert (knee) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) were both limited participants in practice Friday and are listed as questionable on the injury report.

“We'll see,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “It will be a stretch for them to make it.”

Whether Albert and/or Houston play or not, the Chiefs figure to get a boost from the return of McCluster, who has returned two punts for touchdowns this year, and Fasano, who has caught 22 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns in eight games.

“He's got a lot of snaps under his belt,” Reid said. “He's a good route runner, he's smart. He's a matchup that you can take advantage of in games.”

Believe it or not, Fasano even has a fan in backup tight end Sean McGrath, a second-year pro who has started the last two games in his absence.

“Every time he comes back, I love it,” McGrath said. “You just get that confidence because he's out there and he's been doing it for so long. There's just a certain comfortability that you get in the game with him that (tells you) everything’s gonna be alright. It's like, 'Uncle Tony's here,' you know?

Fasano is certainly a reliable target. He's caught 22 of the 30 passes (73 percent) thrown his way this season, a figure that impresses McGrath, who has caught 25 of the 38 passes thrown his way (63 percent).

“I mean, I think it speaks volumes about the tight end group,” McGrath said with a laugh. “We do our job.”

The Chiefs certainly appear to be in better shape than Indianapolis, their opponent this weekend. Safety Sergio Brown (groin), defensive tackle Montori Hughes (knee), defensive tackle Ricky-Jean Francois (foot), offensive tackle Jeff Linkenback (quad) and guard Joe Reitz (concussion) are doubtful, while receiver T.Y. Hilton (shoulder), cornerback Greg Toler (groin), guard Hugh Thornton (neck) and linebacker Daniel Adongo (hamstring) are questionable.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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