Dwayne Bowe, Tamba Hali out

Updated: December 27, 2013, 5:25 PM ET
By Adam Teicher | ESPN.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs will be without wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and one of their top pass-rushers, Tamba Hali, for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.

The Chiefs may rest some of their key players Sunday to try to keep them fresh. Kansas City already has clinched the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs.

Bowe suffered a concussion after taking a solid hit to the head and neck area from safety LaRon Landry in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Bowe is the team's second-leading receiver in receptions (57), yards (673) and touchdowns (5).

Junior Hemingway, who has eight receptions for 80 yards and two TDs this season, is Bowe's backup, but some snaps also could go to A.J. Jenkins.

Hali, who is tied for the team lead with 11 sacks, also was injured against the Colts, and his knee swelled after the game. He didn't practice all week.

Outside linebacker Justin Houston and left tackle Branden Albert will be available to play Sunday. Houston missed the past four games with a dislocated elbow, and Albert has missed the past three with a hyperextended knee.

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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