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WR Dwayne Bowe was able to play against Cleveland in Sunday's game, but his movements were limited by a groin strain that he suffered in practice on Thursday. Bowe proved to be a very good decoy, as he caught only one pass, but drew significant double coverage throughout the game.
Derrick Johnson seemed to be everywhere on the field as the Chiefs' defense led the way in a 23-17 victory over Cleveland. At least that's what the Browns must have been thinking after Johnson finished with a game-leading 12 tackles, all of those credited as solo stops.
ILB Derrick Johnson had 12 tackles against Cleveland and moved into third place on the Chiefs career tackle list. Johnson has 935 stops, passing S Deron Cherry, who finished his 11-year career (1981-91) with 927 tackles. Johnson needs 58 tackles to pass Art Still for second place (992). No. 1 career tackler for the Chiefs was LB Gary Spani with 999 tackles.
QB Alex Smith ran six times for 40 yards against the Browns, including a 23-yard scramble. If teams are going to play man (coverage) or play certain ways that they're not going to count the quarterback, then you're going to try to make they pay," Smith said. "I think you have to be smart with it. No question it's something I try to take pride in.
RB Jamaal Charles had 120 yards in offense against Cleveland with 74 yards rushing and 45 receiving on 23 touches. It's the eighth straight game in which Charles has gone over 100 offensive yards. He's leading the NFL at midseason in yards from scrimmage with 1,018 on 194 touches, and average of 5.2 yards per touch.
RB Jamaal Charles sustained a knee contusion in Sunday's game against Cleveland. Charles left the field for a possession and had what coach Andy Reid said was "treatment" on the knee. He returned and finished out the game. On Monday, he was sore, but the injury is not considered serious.
WR Dexter McCluster continues to see his role in the Chiefs offense expand, as he had eight touches against Cleveland, producing 72 offensive yards. The highlight was a 28-yard touchdown pass from QB Alex Smith. It was his first offensive touchdown in almost exactly a year and his best offensive production since the opening game of the 2012 season.
FB Anthony Sherman scored the first touchdown of his three-year NFL career on Sunday on a 12-yard pass from QB Alex Smith. Sherman's last visit to the end zone was 35 months, ago when he scored on a touchdown catch for Connecticut in a victory over Cincinnati.
DE Mike Catapano sustained a sprained ankle playing on special teams in the game against Cleveland and did not return to the field after the injury. Coach Andy Reid said the ankle was more tender on Monday than it was after the game, making it unlikely Catapano will be ready to practice on Wednesday.