Bowe to play against Denver on Sunday
Updated On: Nov 13 2013 02:24:29 PM CST
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start Sunday night's AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos after his arrest for speeding and possession of marijuana over the weekend.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he is bound by terms of the collective-bargaining agreement from disciplining Bowe, who was pulled over for speeding in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside on Sunday. A search of his vehicle revealed what officers believe was marijuana.
Reid said that he intends to let the legal situation run its course, but Bowe will be in the starting lineup when the Chiefs (9-0) take on the Broncos (8-1) with first place on the line.
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Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will play Sunday night against Denver after his arrest for speeding and possession of marijuana over the weekend, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because he was not authorized to discuss the situation. Chiefs coach Andy Reid is expected to address Bowe's status for the key AFC West showdown after the team's morning walk-through.
Bowe was pulled over for speeding Sunday in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside. Police said an officer smelled "a strong odor of marijuana from inside of the vehicle," and a search using a police dog found Bowe's wallet with two containers that the officer suspected was marijuana.
One container held 6.6 grams, the other 3.8 grams, or about one-third of an ounce in all. Bowe was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance, police said. He posted $750 bond and faces a Dec. 18 court appearance.
The Chiefs were off last week before beginning their preparations for their game against the Broncos on Monday. Bowe participated in the practice at the team's training facility.
It's unlikely that Bowe will be disciplined until after his court date. The Chiefs are prohibited under terms of the collective-bargaining agreement from disciplining the former Pro Bowl wide receiver for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
In the past, Commissioner Roger Goodell has typically handed down one-game suspensions and fines of an additional game check for similar cases.
Bowe, who signed five-year, $56 million deal in the offseason, has struggled to live up to the expectations that come with being one of the game's best-paid wide receivers. He's second on the team with 33 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns.
This isn't the first time that Bowe has made questionable decisions.
He was suspended four games in 2009 for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs after taking what his agent called an unapproved weight-loss supplement. He also made questionable comments to a magazine a few years ago about womanizing that allegedly occurred at team hotels, and then misstated the name of Chiefs ownership family in his apology.
Now in his seventh season, Bowe is second in franchise history with 448 catches, trailing only former tight end Tony Gonzalez. He has 6,078 yards receiving, sixth-most in team history, and 41 touchdown catches, fifth-most in Chiefs history.