KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs coach Andy Reid ruled out wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
After practicing Tuesday, Bowe revealed concussion-like symptoms to the team Thursday, leading to him missing two straight days of practice.
“He went through practice on Tuesday, off on Wednesday, came back yesterday and didn’t feel right,” Reid said during Friday’s media session. “(Head athletic trainer) Rick (Burkholder) checked him out and had our docs check him out and he has a concussion.”
Reid said Bowe is currently going through the concussion protocols.
How Bowe suffered the injury can be traced back to Week 16’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
“You remember the hit in the game, he felt OK,” Reid said. “He got hit in the back of the neck; he got his neck bent forward and so I’m just glad that we were on top of it.
“That’s the main thing. I don’t care about anything else other than getting him right and make sure he’s OK.”
Bowe briefly left the game after taking a shot from Colts safety LaRon Landry, but was able to finish the game.
Meanwhile, of deeper concern for the Chiefs surrounds Bowe’s availability for the first round of the playoffs.
“I’m hoping he’s right,” Reid said. “But let’s make sure he’s right.”
With Bowe out, the Chiefs will likely start second-year wide receiver Junior Hemingway in Bowe’s spot. A.J. Jenkins should also experience more playing time.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has a career-high1,980 total yards from scrimmage (1,287 rushing, 693 receiving), leaving him just 20 yards shy of the 2,000-yard mark.
When asked how important it would be get Charles to 2,000 yards, Reid said he was unaware Charles was that close.
As to the significance of the milestone, Reid said he and Charles aren’t closely monitoring it.
“I don’t get caught up in it, he’s not caught up in it,” Reid said. “So I guess on the important list, it’s probably not that important, I guess.”
Still, should Charles achieve the 2,000 total yards from scrimmage milestone, he’ll become just the third running back in team history to accomplish the feat.
Priest Holmes did it three times (2001, 2002, 2003) and Larry Johnson did it twice (2005, 2006).
Charles’ previous career-high in yards from scrimmage was 1,935 (1,467 yards rushing, 468 yards receiving) set in 2010.
Notes: Reid also ruled out outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) … “He is making progress, so that’s a good thing,” Reid said of Hali … Reid said everybody else outside of Hali and Dwayne Bowe practiced.