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Dexter McCluster is the Kansas City Chiefs' version of C.J. Spiller.
In his first two years in the NFL, McCluster has lined up at running back, kick returner, wide receiver and in the slot. It's in that last role where he looks to have found a home.
McCluster started for the Chiefs in their season opener and was targeted a team-high 10 times, catching six of those passes for 82 yards. The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder isn't as big as Spiller, but the Chiefs count on him to bring a similar explosive element to the offense.
Against the Falcons last week, the Chiefs tried to work the middle of the field, throwing to McCluster and tight ends Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss.
"Each week is a different week with different defenses that guys face," offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the St. Francis graduate, told Kansas City reporters. "Sometimes there are spots in the middle of the field that we're working a little bit. The tight ends had some passes; Dexter McCluster had some passes."
McCluster had 67 yards from scrimmage against the Bills in their meeting last season.
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Bills running back Fred Jackson was officially ruled out for the game Friday because of his knee injury. Jackson and receiver David Nelson - who's on injured reserve and out for the season because of a torn ACL in his right knee - were the only two Bills on the injury report. Nelson's appearance is just a formality because he started the week on the active roster.
The Chiefs listed six players on their report, four of whom are out. They are: defensive end Allen Bailey (ankle), defensive back Kendrick Lewis (shoulder), defensive tackle Anthony Toribio (ankle) and wide receiver Devon Wiley (hamstring). Both Toribio and Lewis are usual starters.
Cornerback Brandon Flowers (foot) and defensive back Jalil Brown (groin) both practiced fully for a second straight day and are listed as questionable.
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Spiller was named the FedEx NFL Ground Player of the Week.
With Jackson sidelined by a knee injury in the second quarter, the Bills' third-year running back rushed for a career-high 169 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries. He scored on a 56-yard touchdown run and set up another touchdown with a 49-yard gain. Spiller also had two catches for 25 yards.
The award is determined by a fan vote conducted at NFL.com.
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Even though Sunday's game is officially a sellout, the Bills' official website was advertising a number of club seats being available for the game. Prices for those start at $160. Visit www.buffalobills.com.

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