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Q and A: Chiefs' plans without Bowe?

Here is this week's edition of the Kansas City Chiefs mailbag. To ask a question for a future edition, send it to me via Twitter (@adamteicher) and tag it #ChiefsMail.

@adamteicher: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was only suspended for the one game, so perhaps it means nothing. They may just go with the five receivers they otherwise would keep on their roster, though it's certainly possible they would keep another one for the Tennessee game. I think that for one game, the Chiefs could get through with a group of wide receivers that includes Donnie Avery, A.J. Jenkins, Kyle Williams, Junior Hemingway and Albert Wilson.



@adamteicher: Probably not. Weston Dressler is far down the list of receivers trying to make the team. I'd say he's no better than ninth in line among their 13 receivers, so I don't see Dressler making the roster. If anyone benefits from Bowe's suspension, I would think it's Frankie Hammond Jr.



@adamteicher: This is in reference to his finger injury, and it's something I don't get either. If his injury was caused and made worse by catching passes, the best thing for him to do is not catch passes. This is a situation that bears watching. If he keeps dropping passes, the Chiefs will have no choice but to give him some rest.



@adamteicher: At this point I'd have to say it's Eric Berry's heel because he's the one not practicing or playing. Also, the drop in quality is bigger between Berry and his replacement than it is for Bowe and his.



@adamteicher: I would say tight end Demetrius Harris and center Eric Kush. Harris came to the Chiefs last season as a rookie who played basketball but not football in college. His athletic ability was obvious but the physical part of the game was difficult for him. Not anymore. I would be surprised if he didn't play some and catch passes this year. Kush played Division II in college so he had a long way to come. He looks a lot stronger and a lot more prepared to play.



@adamteicher: I haven't seen Kush anywhere but center. Nico Johnson and Josh Mauga are backup candidates at inside linebacker. Mauga was ahead of Johnson but now has a groin injury. He has missed a couple of practices and won't play Sunday night at Carolina, so Johnson has a chance to claim that roster spot that may have gone to Mauga.



@adamteicher: The competition at kicker between veteran incumbent Ryan Succop and rookie Cairo Santos has been interesting. Both have kicked well, and if it keeps going this way the Chiefs will have a difficult decision to make. Succop has the experience but the Chiefs don't fear going with a rookie, if that's what they eventually do. Succop costs more and that's what could decide this matter. I think the Chiefs will go with a cheaper option if they think Santos is as good or better than Succop.