The Kansas City Chiefs’ leading wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, won’t play in next week’s regular-season opener because of an NFL suspension.
One of their other leading receivers, Junior Hemingway, missed the final two preseason games because of a hip injury. Two more, Kyle Williams (shoulder) and A.J. Jenkins (concussion) were forced prematurely from Thursday night’s game against Green Bay.
But coach Andy Reid said Hemingway would probably return to practice this week, and that the Chiefs might have enough available receivers to play against Tennessee.
"As long as A.J. is healthy, we’ll be OK numbers-wise," Reid said.
The Chiefs have nine receivers on their roster heading into Saturday’s final round of roster cuts. The seven who injuries and suspensions aside would be serious roster candidates are Bowe, fellow starter Donnie Avery, Hemingway, Williams, Jenkins, Frankie Hammond Jr. and Albert Wilson. The others are Mark Harrison and Fred Williams.
Hammond and Hemingway would take Bowe’s snaps against Tennessee. Including Avery, Wilson and Williams and Jenkins (if healthy), the Chiefs would have enough receivers to get through the Titans game.