Dwayne Bowe had little impact in his first practice with the Chiefs at training camp Sunday. But Bowe was at least able to practice after passing his physical and for coach Andy Reid, that was enough for now.
“We started him off a little slow, rotated him in and he got plenty of reps for his first day back,’’ Reid said.
The Chiefs, of course, will expect more from Bowe, their leading wide receiver, after signing him during the offseason to a five-year contract worth $56 million. But merely getting him back after he missed the first two days of camp because of what the Chiefs called a viral condition is a first step.
Bowe said the symptoms started about a week ago.
“Better,’’ said Bowe before pausing to cough. “Much better. A couple of days ago I couldn’t even talk. It’s a good thing I’m out here feeling good. I don’t know quite what it was. I know I had an infection in my chest. Lungs were tight and congested.
“The day before I reported I got my voice back but ... they shut me down until it loosened up. Now I’m back and running. I’m about 90 percent. I’m feeling good and ready to go.’’
Reid still was judicious in his use of Bowe, who was in for something less than his normal share of snaps. Junior Hemingway received many of the snaps when Bowe was on the sideline.
“He came in (to camp) and he wasn’t feeling good,’’ Reid said. “He had a virus in his chest. They got him on medication and he felt better as the days went on. He was hurting a little bit. The doctors took care of him and we held him out. It’s that simple.’’
Bowe looked at his late start to camp as something less than a significant setback.
“Every year I come in with the expectations of being the best I can be,’’ said Bowe, who during offseason practice predicted he would lead the NFL in catches and touchdowns this season. “I’m always confident.’’