The Kansas City Chiefs have one of the worst offenses in the NFL, but an injury to Dwayne Bowe can only make things worse.
Bowe injured his neck in Sunday's contest against the Cincinnati Bengals. Here is a synopsis of the injury, per the Associated Press:
Bowe was being covered on a deep pass down the sideline when he leaped up, bobbled the ball and then landed hard on the turf at Arrowhead Stadium. He was checked by several trainers on the bench, retreated to the locker room and then re-emerged without his helmet.
If this injury proves to be serious it will be a crushing blow to a team desperate for any kind of offensive firepower. Let's break down what missing Bowe would mean to both the Chiefs organization and fantasy football owners.
Fantasy Football Owners
Bowe has been giving fantasy football owners headaches all season and this injury may actually provide an excuse to remove him from most starting lineups.
The Chiefs receiver has 49 catches for 626 yards and three touchdowns all season, including only two games of over 100 yards.
Bowe is undoubtedly a supremely talented WR, but it is tough for him to make plays with Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn throwing him the ball. Balls are constantly thrown at his feet, behind him, etc...
If/when Bowe comes back this season, results are unlikely to improve at all. Kansas City is growing increasingly inept with each passing week and the passing game has completely fallen apart.
Bowe is too talented to drop altogether, but relegating him to your bench as an emergency play is a smart strategy moving forward.
For the Chiefs
This injury is just the latest problem for a team that can't seem to catch a break this season. Romeo Crennel has failed as head coach, Scott Pioli has failed as general manager and there is no competent starting QB on the roster.
Bowe recently said he wants to spend his career in Kansas City, but it is hard to see why based on how the offense has functioned this year. With him out of the lineup, yards will be even tougher to come by for running back Jamaal Charles.
Defenses were already focused on the backfield, but secondaries can creep up even further without fear of getting beat deep since Bowe won't be there to create a constant vertical threat.
At 1-8, things could not get much worse for Kansas City, but somehow they did with this injury.