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Chiefs notebook: Dwayne Bowe held without a catch

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Dwayne Bowe exchanged jerseys with Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson on Sunday.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Dwayne Bowe exchanged jerseys with Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson on Sunday.

Dwayne Bowe’s return to Kansas City was a quiet one.

Bowe, who spent the first eight years of his career in Kansas City, failed to record a catch and was targeted only one time.

“I didn’t see Dwayne, (but) I’ll see him,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, when asked if he caught up with Bowe before the game. “He’s all over the place.”

Quarterback Alex Smith said he did catch up with Bowe beforehand, however.

“Just quickly,” Smith said. “I like said before, I love Dwayne. He is great. He and I have a great relationship, so it was good to see him out there.”

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke on Monday about the team's playoff seeding as the Chiefs enter the final week of the 2015 NFL regular season. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT

On the season, Bowe has logged only five catches for 53 yards since signing a two-year, $12.5 million deal with Cleveland after his release by the Chiefs in March.

Bowe left the Chiefs as the team’s second all-time leader in receptions (532) behind tight end Tony Gonzalez. He also finished third in yards (7,155) behind Gonzalez and Otis Taylor and fifth in receiving touchdowns (44) behind Gonzalez, Taylor, Chris Burford and Stephone Paige.

Thomas update

Chiefs coach Andy Reid confirmed that De’Anthony Thomas’ absence on Sunday had nothing to do with lingering concussion concerns.

Highlights from the comments of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid following Sunday's 17-13 win over Cleveland, a win that, coupled with the Pittsburgh Steelers' loss to the Baltimore Ravens, clinched a spot in the playoffs for Kansas City.

“We thought we were going to have De’Anthony today,” Reid said. “He has some personal issues that he’s working through. It doesn’t have anything to do with the concussion or injury, but he;s working through some things, so we’re giving him a little time to situate those.”

Thomas’ agent, Jerome Stanley, told The Star on Saturday that Thomas and the Chiefs collectively decided to give him a full week to return to the field before seeing any game action and that the timing of Thomas’ clearance from the league’s concussion protocol did not allow that for Sunday’s game.

Stanley said Thomas, who has now missed the Chiefs’ last five games, is expected to be ready to go starting on Monday.

Injury report

Receiver Albert Wilson left the game with a shin bruise in the first half.

Worth noting

▪ The Chiefs’ captains on Sunday were Derrick Johnson, Charcandrick West and Demetrius Harris. Johnson is a two-time captain this year, while West and Harris are first-time captains.

▪ The only Chiefs coaches with more 10-win seasons than Andy Reid (two) are Hank Stram (five) and Marty Schottenheimer (six).

▪ Smith’s 437 rushing yards this season are a career-high and the most in a season by any Chiefs quarterback.

▪ Jeremy Maclin became the Chiefs’ first 1,000-yard receiver (1,034) since Bowe had 1,159 yards in 2011. His seven touchdowns are the most by a Chiefs receiver since Bowe led the NFL with 15 touchdown receptions in 2010.

▪ Safety Daniel Sorensen’s blocked field goal in the first half was the Chiefs’ first since Jared Allen blocked one against Indianapolis on Nov. 18, 2007.

▪ Cornerback Marcus Peters’ 25 passes defensed this season are tied with Brandon Carr (2010) for the most in team history.

Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith spoke after the Chiefs' ninth straight victory, a 17-13 win over the Cleveland Browns, on Jeremy Maclin (who became only the fourth wide receiver to have 1,000 or more yards in Andy Reid's head coaching tenure),