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Dexter McCluster Injury: Updates on Chiefs RB's Elbow

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 30: Dexter McCluster #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs participates in warm-ups before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Chiefs 24-3.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer ISeptember 23, 2012

Another Kansas City Chiefs game-breaker bites the dust.

In Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints, a brutal elbow injury forced Dexter McCluster to exit the game. Last year, it was Jamaal Charles with a torn ACL. This season, Kansas City can’t afford to lose McCluster, who finally began to emerge as a consistent playmaker for the Chiefs offense.

Jamey Eisenberg of CBS Sports reacted to the injury and tweeted:

Dexter McCluster just had a nasty injury. Don't watch if you're queasy.

— Jamey Eisenberg (@JameyEisenberg) September 23, 2012

Albert Breer of the NFL Network then reported via Twitter:

Cart's coming for Dexter McCluster. Ugly injury.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 23, 2012

You know when a player needs a cart for a non-leg injury, it’s major.

Update: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12:00 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Dexter McCluster isn’t listed on the NFL.com inactive list.

The Kansas Chiefs playmaker has been marked as questionable to appear in Sunday’s contest vs. the San Diego Chargers, but he will at least be on the sidelines in a uniform.

Whether or not he makes an impact remains to be seen, which makes McCluster an extremely risky fantasy play and other options should be explored.

Only extremely desperate players in deep leagues should consider starting the Chiefs RB/WR.

We’ll keep you updated with updates on McCluster’s status as soon as we find out more, especially as we get closer to the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. 

---END OF UPDATE---

UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:50 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

McCluster was once again a limited participant in practice on Thursday (via TWC Metro Sports' Nick Jacobs):

Injury Report ThursdayLimited S-Kendrick Lewis (Shoulder) G- Ryan Lilja (Back) WR- Dexter McCluster (Elbow) WR- Devon Wylie (Hamstring)

— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) September 27, 2012

It's a good sign that the dynamic do-everything McCluster is already on the playing field, but his brutal elbow injury didn't look like something that someone could return back to game action from in just one week. Don't be surprised if he doesn't suit up until Week 5, but we'll keep you updated as more becomes known regarding the Chiefs' inactives for Week 4. 

---End of update---

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, September 26 at 12:29 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Dexter McCluster (elbow) is expected to be a limited participant in practice today, according to Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher.

hillis won't practice today. McCluster will be limited in practice

— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) September 26, 2012

---END OF UPDATE---

 

After rookie and sophomore seasons in which McCluster underachieved, he impressed through the first two weeks of 2012. Prior to Sunday, he caught a total of 10 passes for 114 yards. While those aren’t jaw-dropping numbers, for a player in his role, they’re solid.

And he had also reeled in two passes for 25 yards and rushed for five more before being sidelined with his elbow injury vs. the Saints.

Off to an 0-2 start, Kansas City can’t afford to lose a key part of their offense. McCluster isn’t necessarily a featured weapon, but he’s effective enough and is an important enough ingredient of their game plan that the Chiefs would feel the pain of a loss that lasts a lengthened period of time.

 

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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