The Kansas City Chiefs opened up the third week on the 2014 NFL preseason schedule with three rather important players not practicing. Among them is Dwayne Bowe, who has a quad injury, according to Chiefs Spin's Herbie Teope.
Just last week, Andy Reid informed the media that Bowe's finger was "shot" but he continued to practice anyway.
No word on what play this new quad injury happened. It's only the midway point of the preseason so there is plenty of time if it's just a minor thing. Bowe is coming off a five catch, 62-yard performance in the Chiefs second preseason game against the Panthers.
Also not practicing on Tuesday is Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles. Berry, as you know, hurt his heel early in camp, came back to practice and then re-injured it. He has yet to play in the preseason. Charles suffered a minor foot injury while moving out of the dorms at training camp last weekend. Reid said that initially they were worried about Charles but all the tests came back clear.
There's no harm in resting these players. It'd be nice for Bowe to get his timing down with Alex Smith in a preseason setting but I'm not sure how much of a difference that would make. The point of the preseason is to prepare for the season. For some players, that means a lot of reps. For other players, it means resting for the real Week 1.
See @HerbieTeope for a few more Chiefs players not practicing. The Chiefs are practicing at home this week after wrapping up in St. Joe last week.