Chiefs ready to get Bowe up and running

Posted Aug 18, 2012

Dwayne Bowe will go through his first practice next week after signing his one-year franchise tender on Friday

St. Louis, Mo. – Franchised Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe didn’t make the trip to the Edwards Jones Dome Saturday night, but that didn’t keep teammates from talking about the importance of his late training camp arrival following Kansas City’s 31-17 preseason loss to the Rams.

Bowe was able to connect with many of his teammates Friday afternoon prior to the Chiefs charter flight departing for St. Louis. He passed a physical and conditioning test at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex shortly after signing his one-year franchise tender and stayed back at the facility to work with strength coaches while the rest of the team traveled for preseason game action.

“He came in and met with everybody and was happy to be back,” said wide receiver Dexter McCluster. “We’re happy he’s back too. He looked good to me, even showed us his abs to prove he’d stayed in shape.”

Bowe missed Kansas City’s entire offseason program and the three-week portion of training camp held at Missouri Western State University. His biggest challenge likely won’t be conditioning. Acclimating quickly to new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s playbook will be a bigger hurdle.

“He’s a whole training camp behind,” head coach Romeo Crennel said after Saturday’s game. “There’s a lot. New offense, new terminology – there’s lots of stuff that he has to learn.”

The Chiefs return to a training camp practice schedule on Monday with a morning walk-thru followed by an afternoon practice. Bowe is permitted to attend all team meetings and walk-thrus while undergoing a three-day acclimation period outlined in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Friday’s conditioning day counted as Bowe’s first day of acclimation. He also worked out at the team facility on Saturday, giving him a second day of acclimation. Sunday is a player’s day off, meaning Monday will qualify as Bowe’s final day of the three-day acclimation period.

Bowe is not allowed to wear pads or participate in any drills against defenders until Tuesday. However, he is permitted to take part in individual drills and other offense-only, non-contact portions of practice.

“The walk-thru is where we go through all of our alignments, our adjustments and formations – he can go through all of that with the team,” General Manager Scott Pioli explained on the Chiefs preseason broadcast. “Later on in the afternoon practice he won’t be in pads, but he can go through the agility and receiver drills until the defense comes.”

The timeframe will give Bowe two full days of practice, plus Thursday’s light workout, before the Chiefs take on the Seahawks in the team’s third preseason game Friday night.

“We’re obviously excited to have him back, but we’ve got to get him acclimated,” said quarterback Matt Cassel. “I know that the coaching staff and I will do everything we can to get him up to speed as fast as we can.

“We have great coaches here and a lot of people dedicated to helping people learn. These guys have been embracing challenges already and will do a great job helping him learn it. I’m sure Dwayne is up for the challenge and he’ll do a great job trying to learn the new playbook.”

Crennel declined to put a timeframe on Bowe’s availability for preseason play, but wouldn’t rule out next week’s game against Seattle as a possible debut.

“When he’s ready to play we’ll put him on the field and we’ll see how soon he can get ready to go out there,” Crennel said.

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