Kansas City, Mo. Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has a concussion and linebacker Tamba Hali has a swollen knee, and both have been ruled out for Sunday’s game at San Diego.
The Chiefs are expected to rest most of their starters anyway against the Chargers. Kansas City is already assured the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs.
The bigger question is whether Bowe and Hali will be ready for the Chiefs’ wild-card playoff game the following weekend. Bowe sustained a concussion when he was hit in the neck area by LaRon Landry in last week’s 23-7 loss to Indianapolis; Hali hurt his knee in the same game.
There’s a possibility the Chiefs could face the Colts again in the playoffs.
“I’m just glad that we were on top of it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Bowe’s concussion. “That’s the main thing. I don’t care about anything else but getting him right. I just want to make sure he’s OK.”
When pressed about having Bowe ready in time for the playoffs, Reid responded: “Listen, I’m hoping he’s right. Let’s make sure he’s right.”
Bowe had had a disappointing first season since signing a $56 million, five-year contract in the offseason. He has just 57 catches for 693 yards and five touchdowns, each of those totals his fewest in any season in which he’s made more than 12 starts.
Bowe also became a distraction the week before a loss to Denver when he was pulled over for speeding and arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession. He’s due in court next month.
Reid said that Bowe practiced Tuesday, took Wednesday off and didn’t feel right on Thursday. Trainer Rick Burkholder and the team’s doctors examined him. Bowe then began going through the concussion protocol.
“We’ll see how he does,” Reid said, “but for this game he’s out.”
Reid said that Hali is “making progress” after he came out of the Colts game because of swelling in his knee, but with little to play for against San Diego, the prudent decision was to rest him and make sure he’s available for the playoffs.
Hali missed the second half against the Chargers last month due to a sprained ankle.
“Tamba is listed as out for this game. He’s got a swollen knee,” Reid said Friday. “He is making progress, so that’s a good thing. Everybody else practiced today.”