The Kansas City Chiefs will reportedly start wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. The wide receiver was arrested on Sunday for possession of marijuana after he was stopped for speeding.
“He’s playing,” a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder.
Bowe has a court date on December 18th and could play while the charges are still pending. KC TV 5 writes: “according to league rules, Bowe could not face a suspension until the charges in Riverside are fully adjudicated.” Werder also explains that a team cannot discipline Bowe for an apparent violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy because that falls under the league’s domain.
For a first time drug offense he could face a suspension of one-game, if there is a previously undisclosed positive test he could face a four-game suspension. In 2009, Bowe was suspended for four games for testing positive for a diuretic, but that falls under the “performance enhancement rules” and are governed by a different set of guide lines.
The timing of this arrest couldn’t be worse. The undefeated Chiefs play the 8-1 Broncos twice in the next three weeks and they’ll need everyone available. Despite being undefeated, the Chiefs enter the game on Sunday as 7.5-point underdogs. The Chiefs haven’t commented on Bowe’s status yet, but Andy Reid talks to the media on Wednesday afternoon and could address the situation.