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Dwayne Bowe to play Friday against Seahawks

08/22/2012 12:00 AM

05/16/2014 7:28 PM

Three days of practice were all that wide receiver Dwayne Bowe needed to get ready to play in a game. Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said that Bowe would get some snaps in Friday night’s preseason game against Seattle at Arrowhead Stadium.

“Coach said I’m ready from what they’ve been looking at, and I’m going to play until they tell me not to,’’ Bowe said.

That point may come early in Friday’s game.

“I will play him some, just give him a couple of plays here and there, but I don’t think he’s ready to play a whole game or anything like that,’’ Crennel said.

Still, it’s a speedy turnaround for Bowe, who signed with the Chiefs only last Friday. As the unsigned franchise player, Bowe missed all the offseason practice and all of training camp in St. Joseph.

Judging from his comments, Bowe should be in midseason form. Asked what he wanted out of Friday’s game, Bowe said, “To continue where I left off: Being dominant, catching the ball, finishing, blocking downfield and helping this team win.’’

Lewis returns to practice

Injured safety Kendrick Lewis returned to practice, though just as an observer. Lewis stood on the sideline mostly chatting with other defensive backs, and his arm was no longer in a sling as it was in the locker room after Saturday night’s game in St. Louis.

Injured players usually don’t come to practice if they will be out of action for a long period of time, so Lewis’ attendance at practice could be taken as a positive sign.

Lewis injured his shoulder against the Rams. He injured the same shoulder in the final regular-season game last year and had surgery that kept him from participating in offseason practice.

Quinn or Stanzi as No. 2 QB?

Crennel wouldn’t say whether Brady Quinn or Ricky Stanzi would be the first quarterback off the bench in replacing Matt Cassel against the Seahawks.

“I’m not sure yet,’’ Crennel said. “We’ll have to see. We’re talking about that. We’ll wait until game time to figure that one out.”

The two seemed to separate themselves in the game against the Rams. Stanzi was sacked four times, threw an interception and lost a fumble, while Quinn completed five of his six passes for 70 yards and a 38-yard touchdown to Jeremy Horne.

“They both have been close,’’ Crennel said. “We wanted to see what the competition was. The circumstance for both of them has been just a little different in the games with who they’ve been with and things like that. I’m not ready to say one or the other right now. After this last game, I said I’d go through this week and then see what it looked like. We’ll be through this week here pretty soon and then we’ll be at the game and then maybe we’ll know.’’

Shaun Smith is available

Defensive lineman Shaun Smith, who became a fan favorite during the 2010 season with the Chiefs, became a free agent when he was released by the Tennessee Titans. Smith not only played for Crennel while he was defensive coordinator with the Chiefs but also in Cleveland while Crennel was head coach.

“Shaun is my man,’’ Crennel said. “Shaun would love to be here, I’m sure. But we’ve got some guys on the team right now (and) they’ve worked pretty (hard) and we feel decent about them, and then we’ll have to kind of look at it and see. I have not talked to Shaun yet, but Shaun might give me a call here shortly.’’

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