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Chiefs’ McCluster cleared of MRSA but will miss game at Oakland

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 12:11 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at 10:50 a.m.

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— Test results on Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster’s ankle cleared him of a serious staph infection, but he did not make the trip on Saturday for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.

McCluster suffered a small cut in his ankle during last week’s win at Washington, where he returned punts for a club-record 177 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown. After practice on Wednesday, the ankle became swollen, and it did not respond to an initial treatment that included a swab on the infection site and antibiotics.

Chiefs physician Cris Barnthouse performed a procedure on Thursday that re-opened and cleaned the wound, and McCluster was put on IV antibiotics. McCluster was released from the hospital Friday, and on Saturday he was cleared of any signs of MRSA — an antibiotic-resistant staph infection that has affected at least three members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.

Still, the Chiefs on Saturday downgraded McCluster from questionable to out for the game against Oakland.

Chad Hall, who has played eight games this season for the Chiefs before he was released last week, was re-signed on Friday and likely will fill McCluster’s role as the Chiefs’ primary punt returner and possibly as a slot receiver on offense.

To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/randycovitz.

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