Chiefs WR McCluster treated for infected ankle

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder addressed the media Friday and offered an update on wide receiver Dexter McCluster.

McCluster did not practice Thursday or Friday with an ankle injury.

Burkholder’s full statement is as follows:

“As you guys know, we listed Dexter with an ankle injury yesterday and we’ll list him today as an ankle injury. He practiced Wednesday, came into the athletic training room after the practice on Wednesday and had a sore and swollen ankle.

I was with (team doctor) Dr. (Cris) Barnthouse when he came in, we got him an MRI and an X-ray, which showed he had no structural damage in his ankle. He did have a very small cut on the outside of his ankle that he had gotten in the Washington game, so went into our protocol for when somebody has an infection.

So we drew blood on him, we did a swab on the infection site, we got him on antibiotics. And then the next morning, he didn’t quite respond, so we had to get him over to Dr. Barnthouse’s facility and he had a very minor procedure where they opened up the wound, cleaned it out, got him on IV antibiotics and he was released today.

He still has a chance to play on Sunday because it’s basically a laceration that he had an infection in. I know the big question is does he have MRSA and we don’t know that yet because we don’t have all the cultures back. That’s where we’re at with Dexter and if anything needs to be updated over the weekend, we’ll do that.”

Meanwhile, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said McCluster will be listed as questionable on the final injury report.

If McCluster can’t play, wide receiver Chad Hall will likely fill the role of punt returner.