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Saturday, December 14, 2013
Dexter McCluster out with ankle infection

By Adam Teicher

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs slot receiver and punt returner Dexter McCluster missed practice Thursday and Friday because of an infection in his ankle. And Saturday, McCluster was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

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McCluster cut his ankle in Sunday's game against the Redskins in Washington. He complained of a swollen ankle after participating in practice Wednesday. After structural damage was ruled out, McCluster had a procedure on the ankle in which the wound was opened and cleaned out.

The Chiefs said tests ruled out MRSA.

McCluster is third on the Chiefs with 46 receptions, but he has had a bigger impact this season as a punt returner. He has two returns for touchdowns this season, including one for 74 yards against Washington last week.

Junior Hemingway and Chad Hall will split McCluster's snaps as a slot receiver. Hemingway has eight catches and two touchdowns and Hall one catch this season.

The Chiefs will use Hall or Quintin Demps to return punts. Neither has returned a punt this season.