Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Cleveland because of a groin spasm.
Bowe participated in warmups with his teammates Friday but did not wear a helmet and did not practice. A questionable status means there’s a 50-50 chance Bowe will play. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Bowe was “day-to-day.”
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“He’s feeling a bit better today than he did yesterday, which is good,” Reid said. “But let’s just see how he is (Saturday) and go from there.”
Reid said Bowe suffered the injury in practice on Thursday.
“He did it right towards the end, just tweaked it a little bit,” Reid said.
If Bowe, who is second on the team in catches with 25 and third in yards with 295, can’t play against the Browns on Sunday, Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster and second-year receivers Junior Hemingway and A.J. Jenkins will replace him.
“We try to spread it around as much as we can and give everybody an opportunity,” Reid said.
Hemingway, who is listed at 6 feet 1 and 225 pounds, would seem to be favorite to replace Bowe on the outside, though he’s listed as a third-teamer at Bowe’s position behind the smaller McCluster (5 feet 8, 170 pounds).
Hemingway has four catches for 27 yards this season while Jenkins, the backup to Avery, has one catch for 6 yards in 78 snaps. Jenkins was acquired from San Francisco for another former first-round receiver, Jon Baldwin, in the preseason.
“I like what I’ve seen in A.J.,” Reid said. “He’s had an opportunity to play, which he needs. He’s a young guy.”
McCluster said he and his teammates will be ready to step up if Bowe can’t go, though he expressed confidence the Chiefs’ top receiver would find a way to play.
“That’s the good thing about this offense — everybody knows all the positions so you can move around,” McCluster said. “If a guy like that is missing, you have guys that can step in and play. I think that’s a good thing.
“But on Sunday, D-Bowe he’s gonna be right there with us.”
Other injury news
Safety Kendrick Lewis (ankle) is also listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, but he was a limited participant Friday after missing practice Thursday. Tight end Anthony Fasano (knee/ankle) was limited but is listed as probable, while guard Jeff Allen (knee/groin), linebacker Derrick Johnson (wrist), linebacker Dezman Moses (toe), cornerback Ron Parker (toe) and fullback Anthony Sherman (knee/calf) were all full participants Friday and are listed as probable.
Poe faces another test
Dontari Poe knew what he was getting into last Sunday, when the Chiefs played the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. Poe, who is in the midst of a breakout sophomore season, faced one of the league’s top centers in Chris Myers, and let’s just say Myers, who is listed at 6 feet 4 and 286 pounds, made an impression on the 6-foot-3, 346-pound Poe, despite the size difference.
“He was real quick,” Poe said. “For what they do, he’s the perfect player for it. But I think I did all right.”
Indeed. Poe finished the game with four tackles and a pass deflection and was assigned an overall grade of plus-2.2 by Pro Football Focus, which grades every player after reviewing every play of every game. By comparison, Myers finished with a grade of negative-2.6, easily his lowest single-game mark of the season.
Perhaps the best indication of Myers’ talent is this: despite a down week against Poe, he remains the highest-graded center in the league with an overall grade of 12.4, according to the site.
Interestingly enough, the second-highest is Cleveland center Alex Mack (10.3), whom Poe gets to face this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
“He’s real strong, and he’s good at the point of attack and quick,” said Poe, whose overall grade of 11.3 currently puts him 10th in the league among 3-4 nose tackles. “It’s gonna be a big challenge for me, but I think I’m ready for it.”