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Chiefs put WR Dwayne Bowe on injured reserve

Chiefs put WR Dwayne Bowe on injured reserve

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs put wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on injured reserve Saturday night, ending his season and potentially his up-and-down career in Kansas City.

The Chiefs' leading receiver already had been ruled out of Sunday's game at Oakland after hurting his ribs while delivering a block in last weekend's game at Cleveland. Bowe underwent a series of MRI exams and other tests this week to determine the extent of the injury.

``Well, one of the things that Bowe presents is he presents some dependability to our offense, playmaking ability,'' Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said earlier this week.

``We all kind of depend on him a little bit,'' Crennel said. ``So now with him being out, what we're going have to do is, we're going to have to rely on those other guys to step up and be able to make some plays for us so that we can generate some offense.''

Bowe has 59 catches for 801 yards and three of the Chiefs' eight TD grabs this season.

``Everybody's got to do a better job, collectively,'' offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said. ``Dwayne was a big part of the passing game, obviously. Everybody else is going to have to chip in and make sure they're doing their jobs really well.''

Bowe was playing this season on a $9.5 million deal as the team's franchise player, and it's possible the two sides could agree on a new deal or the Chiefs could franchise him again.

Bowe wasn't happy getting the tag last season, though. He refused to sign his tender until well into training camp, forcing him to play catch-up at the start of the year.

The former first-round draft pick rarely speaks to the media, but said a few weeks ago that he wouldn't mind finishing his career in Kansas City. There were reports in previous weeks that he was unhappy with the Chiefs and wanted to become a free agent.

With Bowe ruled out, the Chiefs head into Sunday's game against the Raiders and their final two games against Indianapolis and at Denver with precious few down-field options.

Wide receiver Steve Breaston has been inactive more than he's played in recent weeks, and the Chiefs' next-leading receivers after Bowe are running back Jamaal Charles and former running back Dexter McCluster, who are more adept at catching short-yardage passes.

Bowe had his best season in 2010, when he was voted to the Pro Bowl after catching 72 passes for 1,162 yards and a league-high 15 touchdowns. He had 81 catches for 1,159 yards last season, and has caught 415 passes for 5,728 yards and 39 touchdowns in his six-year career.

``Any time you lose a guy like Dwayne Bowe, it's going to hurt you,'' Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn said. ``He's a special player. He really is.''

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 

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The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. Yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.

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Michal Kempny excited to move from last place Chicago to first place Caps

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Michal Kempny excited to move from last place Chicago to first place Caps

On Sunday, Michal Kempny was a defenseman struggling for a spot in the lineup for a team poised to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008. On Monday, he became potentially an important piece on the roster of the first place Capitals.

The last few days have been quite the whirlwind for Kempny who tallied an assist for Chicago on Saturday in a 7-1 blowout against what is now his current team. While the Blackhawks may have gotten the better of Washington that night, Kempny is excited about the postseason opportunity that now lies in front of him.

"Nobody knows what's happening in Chicago, but I'm really happy and I'm really glad that I can be here," Kempny told reporters on Tuesday after his first skate with the team. "There is option of play a playoff and I'm very happy for it."

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The 27-year-old Czech defenseman played only 31 games for the Blackhawks this season, but considering Washington's need to shore up its defense before the trade deadline and the team's willingness to give up a third-round pick to acquire him, it is likely he will have a much more significant role with the Caps.

"I thought that I [was] going to get more space on the ice and more ice time, but I didn't play more than half games," Kempny said of his decision to originally sign with Chicago. "But now I'm here and I'm really glad that I'm here. Washington is amazing city and great organization and I hope I will get a chance to access myself on the ice more than in Chicago."

Kempny will not play in Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but did say he expects to play Thursday when the team visits the Florida Panthers.

When he does get into the lineup, it is unclear just how big a role he will play initially or how the team foresees utilizing him going forward. He is a left-shot defenseman and did tell reporters he prefers to play on that side. It seems unlikely the team would acquire him just to put him on his offside.

As of now, however, everything regarding his role in Washington is up on the air.

"I need everything settle down a little bit," he said. "New teammates, new people around here."

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