Chiefs' Bowe cleared to play; Fisher hurts groin

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm •  Published: January 1, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was cleared to play in Saturday's wild-card playoff game against Indianapolis after sustaining a concussion, though the status of linebacker Tamba Hali and right tackle Eric Fisher remains uncertain.

Fisher hurt his groin near the end of Tuesday's practice, while Hali has been dealing with some swelling in his knee. Neither of them participated fully in Wednesday's workout.

Bowe sustained his concussion in a loss to the Colts two weeks ago at Arrowhead Stadium. He was hit in the neck area late in the game by LaRon Landry, and even though he finished the game and even attended a practice the next week, Bowe said he never quite felt right.

He was diagnosed with a concussion and sat out last week's overtime loss at San Diego, when the Chiefs — assured of their playoff seed — chose to rest many of their starters.

"I'm fine, you know. Just had a little minor headache," Bowe said Wednesday. "I didn't feel as bad as some guys felt. I just felt tired. So I got some rest and I'm ready to go."

Bowe, who signed a $56 million, five-year deal in the offseason, is second on the team behind running back Jamaal Charles with 57 catches for 673 yards and five touchdowns this season.

"I'm just ready to go," he said. "Big-time players want to make big-time plays in big-time games. These are the games you have to show up. Everything on the line."

While the Chiefs had not yet ruled out Fisher for Saturday's game, it appeared Donald Stephenson was preparing to start for the seventh time this season.

Stephenson made three starts while Fisher was dealing with a shoulder injury, and has started the last four games at right tackle while Branden Albert was out with a hyperextended knee.



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