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Chiefs notes: Dwayne Bowe expected to play against Chargers despite sprained shoulder

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has a sprained shoulder but is expected to play Sunday against the Chargers.
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has a sprained shoulder but is expected to play Sunday against the Chargers. The Kansas City Star

Chiefs coach Andy Reid described wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on Monday as “tender” because of a sprained shoulder. But Bowe is expected to practice on Tuesday and be available for Sunday’s regular-season finale against San Diego.

“Knowing Dwayne, he doesn’t miss much so I think he’ll be OK once it’s all said and done here,” Reid said.

Bowe ranks second behind tight end Travis Kelce in receptions with 57 for 724 yards.

Sack attack on Smith

Alex Smith’s six sacks on Sunday, which tied a season-high, put him at an unwelcome career-high 45 for the season. It’s the second time in 10 seasons that he’s reached the 40-sack mark. He was sacked 44 times with San Francisco in 2011.

His struggles are a symptom of the larger issues the Chiefs have faced on an injury-prone offensive line. Zach Fulton is the latest name on the list because of a sprained foot.

“We’ve had some injuries on there over time but no one has made excuses,” Reid said. “It’s not always pretty, but they claw and scratch and get the most out of their abilities. Some games have been better than others but it is not from a lack of toughness. They give it everything they’ve got.”

Wilson shows talent

Rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson is quickly becoming one of Smith’s favorite targets, and it is easy to see why.

Wilson, an undrafted free agent from Georgia State, made his second consecutive start and caught five passes for 87 yards. He has 12 for 209 yards in the last three games, and 16 receptions for 260 yards this season.

“He is a good runner and had good strength even though he’s not that tall,” Reid said. “He was a big punt returner and kick returner in college, and you see that ability to work in space and set up his moves. He is a good football player all the way around.”

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