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Dwayne Bowe Injury: Updates on Chiefs Star's Quad and Return

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 22:  Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs prepares to run onto the field during player introductions prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2014

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 28

Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star updated Dwyane Bowe's status for the Chiefs' final preseason game:

 

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Following the Kansas City Chiefs' preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, top wideout Dwayne Bowe is sitting out of Tuesday's practice with a sore quad.  

Adam Teicher of ESPN passed along news of Bowe's absence: 

Bowe is already set to miss the first game of the regular season after being suspended for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy (via Teicher).

After catching 81 passes for 1,159 yards and five touchdowns in 2011, Bowe's receptions and yardage began to slip in each of the following two seasons. In 2012, he posted 59 catches for 801 yards, and in 2013 those numbers dropped further to 57 and 673.

During the offseason, Bowe noted that he wanted to come into training camp in peak physical condition so as to try to stem the downward trend of his career.  

"I just trained extra hard to try to forget about it," he said, per USA Today's Tom Pelissero. "That's what I've been doing — just putting a positive on with a positive. I'm coming out here to train. When I leave here, hopefully have a seminar for the kids. Just try to do something to get my mind off everything negative and turn it into a positive."

Although his early performance in the preseason has been positive, this injury will undoubtedly put a dent in his progress as he tries to get into game shape before his suspension.

If the injury keeps Bowe out for a short period of time, his absence will certainly leave a hole in the Chiefs' passing game. Despite his problems in the last few years, he's far and away Alex Smith's top target. This will heap more pressure on Donnie Avery and tight end Travis Kelce, among others.

As long as Kansas City still has Jamaal Charles in the backfield, and can get him back to full health following a minor foot injury (via John Breech of CBSSports.com), the offense should at least stay afloat, with or without Bowe.

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