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Dwayne Bowe injury: Chiefs have to adjust without key playmaker

Despite some of the lowest numbers of his career, Dwayne Bowe is the leading receiver for the Chiefs in 2012 by a wide margin.

Jason Miller

After multiple reports on Monday that Dwayne Bowe suffered broken ribs in Week 14, the Chiefs will have to finish the final three weeks of the season without their leading receiver as he is set to be placed on the injured reserve list, ending his 2012 season.

In his press conference on Monday, Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel spoke about the team's need to find points and plays without Bowe in the final three games:

"Well, one of the things that Bowe presents is he presents some dependability to our offense, playmaking ability. So we all kind of depend on him a little bit. 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."

Through 13 games, Bowe had accumulated 59 receptions for 801 yards and three touchdowns, each lower marks than both of the last two seasons for the Chiefs receiver. In only his injury-shortened 2009 season did Bowe finish with fewer receptions and yards.

However, Bowe represents nearly a third of the team's receiving yardage for the season and is the only receiver on the team with more than one touchdown reception in 2012. He finished on Sunday with two receptions for 70 yards against the Browns.