Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe suspended one game for violating NFL drug policy
Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports reports the suspension is for his Nov. 12 arrest for possession of marijuana and speeding.
Though Bowe was initially arrested for speeding and marijuana possession, those charges were amended to "defective equipment and littering." — Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) August 15, 2014
Bowe will miss Kansas City's season opener against the Tennessee Titans. In 2009, he missed four late-season games after being suspended for violating the policy against performance-enhancing substances.
Dwayne Bowe’s statement begins: “I am extremely sorry that I can’t be on the field for the first game of 2014. I made an error in judgment.” — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 15, 2014
Last season, Bowe had 57 catches for 673 yards and five touchdowns. The 29-year-old is entering the second season of a five-year, $56 million contract, but the latest suspension voids his base salary guarantees of $8.75 million for this year and $1.5 million for next year -- giving the Chiefs more flexibility if they were ever interested in cutting him.
The team's statement on the matter read in part: "We are disappointed in the situation and will miss him on the field, but we support the league's decision. The club will have no further comment on the matter."
During the Chiefs' first preseason game, Bowe, who has been dealing with a finger injury, caught one pass for 10 yards.
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