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Chiefs vs. Raiders: If Dexter Can't Play, Who Steps Up?

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John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

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Dexter McCluster ranks second on the Chiefs in receptions and plays an integral role on special teams as Kansas City’s starting punt returner. But on Thursday, Dex popped up on the team’s injury report with an ankle injury and may not play this Sunday when the Chiefs take on the Raiders. Turns out, McCluster has a cut that’s become infected. The team hasn’t ruled out MRSA, and if indeed it is MRSA, McCluster could miss more than the game this weekend.

Quintin Demps is listed as the Chiefs’ second-team punt returner, and he’s proven to be more than capable in the return game. But how will the Chiefs replace Dexter’s average of 3.5 catches and 33.7 yards per game? I believe they have the answer, and I believe he’s been on this team all season.

No, I’m not referring to the recently re-signed Chad Hall. I’m talking about Junior “I led the team in receptions and receiving touchdowns during the preseason and have caught 73% of my targets” Hemingway.

I’m a big believer in Hemingway. Sure, he’s not the fastest guy (clocked at 4.53 in the 40 yard dash at the 2012 combine) but he catches the ball when it’s thrown to him, which is something that the Chiefs receivers are having trouble doing as of late.

It’s time Hemingway gets a heavier workload, and with Dex out, this could be the week we see it. What do you think, Addicts? Have you been as intrigued by Junior as I have? Would you like to see him get his shot? Sound off below.

 

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