Infected ankle might force McCluster to sit out

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs running back and punt returner Dexter McCluster is questionable for Sunday after a small cut on his ankle became infected, the team said Friday. It did not disclose which ankle.

McCluster, a Largo High grad who has returned two punts for touchdowns this season, was nicked in the mud and snow Sunday at Washington.

Team trainer Rick Burkholder said an MRI exam and X-rays showed no structural damage. But swabs taken at the infection site have not been analyzed. Burkholder added he does not know if it is MRSA, a staph infection resistant to antibiotics that has hit three Bucs this season.

"He had a very minor procedure where they opened up the wound, cleaned it out and got him on IV antibiotics," Burk­holder said. "He still has a chance to play Sunday because it is basically a laceration that he had an infection in."

McCluster, who was unavailable for comment, is the Chiefs' third-leading receiver with 46 catches for 438 yards and a touchdown. Against the Redskins, he set a franchise record with 177 yards in punt returns, including a 74-yard touchdown.

Rodgers out: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play Sunday despite taking some first-team reps this week. It will be his sixth game missed since breaking his collarbone.

Bears: Linebacker Lance Briggs, who fractured his left shoulder Oct. 20 against the Redskins, will not return Sunday despite practicing on a limited basis Thursday and Friday.

Bills: Linebacker Kiko Alonso is questionable for Sunday after the team said he "tweaked" his knee during practice. Details of the injury were not disclosed.

Broncos: Former USF cornerback Kayvon Webster was diagnosed with a broken right thumb and will miss at least one game. He was hurt Thursday against the Chargers, but the team didn't say how.

Browns: Running back Willis McGahee was ruled out for Sunday with a concussion.

Cowboys: Linebacker Sean Lee, who sustained a neck injury Monday against the Bears, was ruled out for Sunday.

Dolphins: Center Mike Poun­cey confirmed he missed practice Wednesday to fly to Boston, but he declined to say if it was related to the criminal case there involving former Florida teammate and former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Pouncey, who will play Sunday, was served with a grand jury subpoena in October.

Falcons: Safety Thomas DeCoud (concussion) and former FSU running back Antone Smith (knee) were ruled out for Sunday.

Giants: Former USF defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury. In addition, doctors recommended he not play again this season, espn.com reported. Coach Tom Coughlin said only Pierre-Paul is week to week.

Jaguars: Defensive end Jeremy Mincey was released for being late to a meeting. The former Gator, who spent all six of his seasons in Jacksonville, missed two games last month for being late to meetings. He signed a four-year, $20 million deal ($9 million guaranteed) in 2012. Also, running back Maurice Jones-Drew (strained hamstring) and safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh) are doubtful for Sunday. Cyprien, a rookie from Florida International, has played every snap this season.

Jets: Receiver Stephen Hill went on season-ending injured reserve with a left knee injury.

Rams: Receiver Tavon Austin, who hurt his left ankle last weekend, wore a walking boot while missing practice. The team said only he is questionable.

Ravens: Linebacker Elvis Dumervil practiced for the first time since injuring his ankle on Thanksgiving against the Steelers and hopes to play Monday.

Seahawks: Former Florida receiver Percy Harvin was ruled out for Sunday. He has played just one game since offseason hip surgery.

Vikings: Running back Adrian Peterson practiced for the first time since spraining his right foot last weekend. He remains questionable for Sunday.

Infected ankle might force McCluster to sit out 12/13/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 14, 2013 12:02am]

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