Romeo Crennel addressed the media Monday with the news that WR Dwayne Bowe’s ribs are injured, making him unavailable to play on Sunday. That's what we know for sure. We should learn more about the severity of Bowe's injury, including how much time he could miss, later today.
“I don’t know about the rest of the year yet,” Crennel said. They’re doing MRIs and all that good stuff today (Monday). As soon as they find out finally what it is, I’ll let you know. But he’s not going to be there next week.”
Bowe's teammates know what they’re losing in the star-WR’s absence.
“Dwayne’s a fighter,” Chiefs T Eric Winston stated. “That’s one thing, I’ve gotten to know him this year, and I’ve been really impressed with him. He’s a guy that comes to play every week and he’s had his ups and downs just like all of us have, but you know one thing: he’s bringing his hard hat and his lunch pail and he’s going to go to work and I respect the heck out of him. He got hurt throwing a block. That’s the kind of guy he is. It’s the way it goes. Someone’s going to have to step up and get open and there are going to be some balls and some opportunities for some other guys.”
Chiefs T Branden Albert, who has battled through injury this season and watched other teammates step up to help, sees Bowe’s injury the same way.
“Those guys (WRs) have to step up,” Albert said. “I think guys have been stepping up all year. It’s been a tough year for everybody. Guys have to step up. (OL) Donald Stephenson is a guy that stepped up for me being hurt and the young receivers have to step up. Our job is professional football players and somebody’s got to step up.”
Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki also described how Bowe’s injury affects the team and is confident that the young WRs will do just what Winston and Albert mentioned, step up.
“You lose one of the top receivers in the league,” Moeaki said. “So, we have to step up at the skill positions to make up for his production. (The young WRs) They’re doing good. They’re competing, working hard at practice. They just need to continue to do that and take it to the game.”
However, it’s not just an ordinary game come Sunday; it’s a matchup with the rival Oakland Raiders. No time like the present for the young WRs to shine bright, piercing the darkness of the Black Hole.