KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns after straining his groin in practice this week.
Coach Andy Reid said Friday that Bowe hurt the groin near the end of Thursday’s practice. The former Pro Bowl wide receiver did not participate in Friday’s workout.
“It’s day to day. We’ll just see how he does,” Reid said. “He was feeling a little bit better today than yesterday, which is good. We’ll just see how he is tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”
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Bowe, who signed, a five-year, $56 million contract in the offseason, has struggled to get involved in the Chiefs’ unbeaten start. He’s second on the team with 25 catches, but he has just 295 yards receiving and two touchdown catches in his first seven games.
Reid and Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson have been quizzed for weeks about why that’s the case, and both of them insist that Bowe has been doing other things to get involved.
On several occasions, he’s delivered devastating blocks for running back Jamaal Charles.
If he’s unable to go on Sunday, the Chiefs will have to rely even more on a bunch of untested players. Donnie Avery has 21 catches for 343 yards, and Dexter McCluster has 16 receptions for 186 yards, but no other wide receivers on the roster have more than four catches. Junior Hemingway is next with four grabs for a paltry 27 yards.
“We try to spread it around as much as we can and give everyone an opportunity,” Reid said. “We’ll see how it all works out. We’re not doing anything until we see who is playing here.”
Everybody else on the Chiefs roster practiced Friday, including starting safety Kendrick Lewis, who sat out the previous day with a lingering ankle injury, and tight end Anthony Fasano, who played last week for the first time since Week 2 because of his own ankle injury.
Reid was especially pleased with Lewis, who played through his injury last week.
“Twenty-three is all in, all the time,” he said. “Even when he can’t practice with the ankle, he’s right there just backpedaling, making calls and just on the sideline, so he’s doing all the stuff. He’s 100 percent all in. I love the kid. Tough, tough, tough kid.”