When Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe left Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, it turns out it was broken ribs that kept him on the sidelines.
That same injury will end his 2012 season with the Chiefs choosing to place him on injured reserve, according to PFT. The move could also end his time in Kansas City, with owner Clark Hunt facing some huge free agent decisions in Bowe, tackle Branden Albert and defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey among others.
Like most of the Chiefs, Bowe has been disappointing this year, catching just 59 passes for 801 yards and three touchdowns. Only in 2009, when he was limited to 11 games, did Bowe put up such lackluster numbers.
If head coach Romeo Crennel and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll want to replace Bowe with someone that knows the system, they could once again promote from their practice squad. 2012 seventh-round pick Junior Hemingway has been on and off the practice squad all season after failing to make the 53-man roster out of training camp.
Obviously there are options to fill the void currently on the roster, but there haven’t been any indications that Steve Breaston or Devon Wylie have a future with this franchise. If the two continue to be non-factors with Bowe sidelined for the final three games, that should tell us all we need to know.