KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — 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 said that he was 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 police suspect was marijuana.
Reid said 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.
"There are rules and regulations put in place and we'll abide by the rules and regulations," Reid said Wednesday, "and make sure we take in the information available as it goes through the process."
Bowe did not speak to reporters prior to Wednesday's practice, but instead issued a statement through the team in which he apologized "for the distraction I have caused the team this week."
"Due to the nature of the pending matter, I am unable to make any further comment on the situation," Bowe's statement said.
According to police, Bowe's wallet was discovered along with two containers that held about one-third of an ounce of the suspected marijuana. Bowe was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance. 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 Bowe will be disciplined until after his court date. While the Chiefs are barred from disciplining the former Pro Bowl wide receiver for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, NFL 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.
Bowe 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.
With the specter of a high-profile showdown against Denver hanging over the locker room, Chiefs players were reticent to discuss Bowe's arrest during Tuesday's availability.
Quarterback Alex Smith guided the conversation back to the Broncos any time the topic was broached, though he did say players with larger contracts have an obligation to be leaders in the locker room. Cornerback Brandon Flowers also sidestepped questions about Bowe's arrest.
"We hope it works out for him," linebacker Tamba Hali said. "We've got to focus on Denver."
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