Kansas City Chiefs punt returner Dexter McCluster was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performance against the New York Giants, continuing the strong showing of Kansas City so far this season with the AFC awards, and the AFC West dominance in general.
McCluster, of course, broke open a tight game against the Giants in the third quarter with an 89-yard punt return that gave the Chiefs a 17-7 lead, which eventually became a 31-7 win. For the day, he returned four punts for 113 total yards (28.3 avg). It was the longest punt return in the NFL this season and the fourth-longest in Chiefs franchise history.
This is the second time McCluster has won the award, with the first time being another memorable day when he had a 94-yard return for a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football at the beginning of the 2010 season.
McCluster is the second Chiefs to win an AFC Player of the Week award this year. LB Justin Houston won the Defensive Player of the Week award in both Weeks 1 and 3. However, the AFC West is dominating the award so far this season. Out of a possible 12 awards, the West has won eight of them. QBs Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning have flip-flopped the Offensive Player of the Week award all four weeks (Manning on odd weeks and Rivers on even weeks), while Bronco kick returner Trindon Holliday won the Special Teams award in Week 2.
In other Chiefs news that’s not so good, the team released its Wednesday injury/practice report and several key members of the team did not practice. Jamaal Charles (toes), Eric Fisher (concussion), Brandon Flowers (knee), Travis Kelce (knee), and Kendrick Lewis (ankle) did not participate at all. Jeff Allen (groin), Jon Asamoah (knee), Dustin Colquitt (knee), Anthony Fasano (knee, ankle), Rodney Hudson (shin), and Sean “The Bearded One” McGrath (knee) all had limited participation.
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