KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02: Receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts during a timeout in the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 2, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Dwayne Bowe is returning to practice this week for the Kansas City Chiefs, three days after he signed his franchise tender. Bowe will be in the acclimation period today and then move to full pads tomorrow giving him two full practices before Friday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Asked about Bowe's availability this weekend, Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel cautioned the Chiefs don't want to "overdo it" with Bowe.
"I think that depends on how he does the next couple of days here and tomorrow, in particular, after we get him in pads," Crennel said this morning, via comments sent out by the Chiefs.
"These guys that he's playing against and playing with, they've been through all of training camp and have had contact much longer than he has. He's learning a new system, new terminology, and he hasn't had any contact. Generally when you start contact, you get a little sore, you get a little beat up, so what we'll have to determine is how much we think he can take, how much we think he's ready for.
"Just like we did with Jamaal Charles and (Eric) Berry and (Tony) Moeaki, is not overdo it. I don't think we should overdo it with Dwayne because he is really behind these other guys."
I said this morning that I didn't think it's a given that Bowe will play this weekend. In fact, if I had to predict it right now, I'd say he doesn't play this weekend, instead waiting until the preseason finale to get a few snaps in. We'll see though.
We should have a better idea of his availability after Wednesday's practice.