Please be seated and relinquish your pitchforks.
On Tuesday, word traveled across social media and seeped into headlines that the Chiefs' shifty slot receiver was discontent with his role on the team.
I'm hearing Dexter McCluster is unhappy he's not on the return team. #Chiefs looking at all options, including trade.— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) August 27, 2013
Furthermore, there was speculation that McCluster's illness, which sidelined him during the team's Week 3 preseason contest, was an elaborate cover-up.
There are questions about the legitimacy of Dexter's illness. #Chiefs might have too few options at WR to deal him, but Reid's not happy.— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) August 27, 2013
First of all, let's knock any notion that No. 22 is some kind of egocentric blowhard.
From all indications (videos, interviews, etc.), he is one of the humblest athletes on the Chiefs roster. His Twitter feed is basically a scrapbook of him donating time to adolescent adorers.
Does that necessarily mean he can't rant, rave and demand a trade? No.
But any suspicion that McCluster's illness is a smokescreen can be laid to rest. On August 22, Randy Covitz of The Kansas City Star relayed:
A flu bug has been circulating through the Chiefs’ locker room, and the latest victim was wide receiver Dexter McCluster, who left the field during Thursday’s practice.
Earlier this week, defensive end Mike DeVito, safety Quintin Demps and safety Kendrick Lewis missed a day because of illness.
Either the flu was spreading throughout the roster like wildfire, or McCluster, DeVito, Demps and Lewis ditched practice for a Thirsty Thursday lunch date and paid Covitz under the table. Personally, I'm going to roll with the first excuse. [Steps out onto limb.]
Even a player showing minor flu-like symptoms is reason enough to relieve him of his duties. Sure, you can play through the flu, but you can also become the Santa of sickness and give the bug to your surrounding cohorts.
(A 300-pound berserker whimpering due to a case of the sniffles is depressing. Nobody wants to see that.)
To reassure his Arrowhead fan club that the rumors were just that, McCluster tweeted out the following:
"Believe none of what you HEAR and only half of what you SEE!" Too blessed and humble for nonsense! DMc Go Chiefs!— Dexter McCluster (@dextermccluster) August 27, 2013
He also responded to the allegations via Instagram, telling a curious commenter, "been hearing about the rumors and they are all false! Anyone that knows Dmc knows that those rumors are way out of character for me! DMc Go Chiefs!!"
You can exhale now.
McCluster is the primary slot receiver. In Andy Reid's offense, that basically tags him as a starter.
He's also listed as the primary kick and punt returner on the squad's official depth chart. Obviously, with Knile Davis' recent emergence, the former of the roles can change in the blink of an eye. But regardless, McCluster doesn't exactly find himself in a drought of opportunities.
Reid is utilizing the fourth-year ankle-breaker in every way possible. According to McCluster, "every way possible" amounts to 1,000,536:
Judging by the signs, the rumor is nothing more than another lie entangled in the World Wide Web.
If there's any pain in Dexter McCluster's neck, it's probably from his Chiefs chain.
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