Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe showed up on the injury report last week with a concussion, and he was obviously ruled out of the team’s season finale against the San Diego Chargers. Not only did Andy Reid wisely rest his key players for a meaningless game against the Chargers, but there was no sense in playing someone who was already concussed. It’s unclear as to when Bowe suffered the concussion (some say it was in the game against the Indianapolis Colts, others say it was during Thursday’s practice), but it is clear that Bowe isn’t going to miss the Chiefs Wild Card game against the Colts.
After being cleared to practice yesterday, the Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor reports that Bowe has been officially cleared to play in the Chiefs first playoff game. There was no doubt that Bowe would be playing this week, but this confirms that the Chiefs won’t be without their top wideout. Bowe has a tough matchup ahead of him, as he has to face top cover corner Vontae Davis, who was a major Pro Bowl snub this year.
While Bowe is a lock to play on Saturday against the Colts, the Chiefs No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft isn’t. According to ESPN NFL Nation’s Adam Teicher, rookie right tackle Eric Fisher will not practice today after suffering a groin injury during yesterday’s practice, and his status for this week’s playoff game is up-in-the-air. It’s been a very disappointing season for the talented tackle prospect, but there’s still plenty of hope that he can bounce back next year. Donald Stephenson will get the start at RT if Fisher’s groin doesn’t progress.