Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested over the weekend after he was found in possession of more than ten grams of marijuana, during a routine traffic stop for speeding. The officer on duty smelled marijuana in the car, before searching the car.
The arrest came at the end of the Chiefs bye week and just before they kick their preparation for the big Week 11 match up against the division rival Denver Broncos.
This has caused some concern among Chiefs fans regarding Bowe’s status for Sunday.
The good news for Chiefs fans is that Bowe will not be considered a repeat offender of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, unless there are previously unreported violations. He could face league discipline for the arrest — previous marijuana arrests have sidelined a player for one game — but Bowe would be able to appeal, which would push the suspension back.
Bowe was previously suspended in 2009 for violating the league’s performance-enhancement policy, but that is a separate program.
Dwayne Bowe could face discipline for marijuana arrest under NFL substance-abuse policy. That program separate from 09 suspension for PED
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That puts any punishment for this game in the hands of the Chiefs.
So far, the Chiefs have not commented on the situation other than to say that they have no comment, so this could allow them to say they are letting the legal process play out.
If that is the route the team takes, it is almost certain that Bowe will be suiting up on Sunday.
We will learn more in the coming days, but as it currently stands, Bowe is likely to avoid any suspension from the team or league this week so he should be good to go in the team’s biggest game of the year.