August 15, 2014

Chiefs' receiver Dwayne Bowe will serve one-game suspension for substance abuse

Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe is being suspended one football game for a substance abuse violation, according an NFL spokesman.

Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe is being suspended one game for a substance abuse violation, according an NFL spokesman.

Bowe, who will miss the season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 7, will be eligible to return to the Chiefs’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 8.

This marks Bowe's second marijuana-related incident in a year. Bowe was arrested Nov. 10 for allegedly speeding and possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana.

According to police, Bowe was pulled over for traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. He was arrested after police found a black bag containing his wallet, driver’s license and two containers of what an officer suspected to be marijuana.

One of Bowe’s passengers, George A. Thompson, said the bag belonged to him, police said, and during a search of Thompson, police also found two hand-rolled cigarettes, containing 2.2 grams of suspected marijuana.

The motion stated that Thompson “has indicated under oath” that all the marijuana found in the car is his and that Bowe had no knowledge of its presence.

Ashleford said Wednesday that through his attorney, Bowe provided copies of his current insurance and a valid drivers license.

Bowe pleaded guilty in Riverside Municipal Court in April to amended charges of defective equipment and littering relating to his Nov. 10 arrest for marijuana possession. He paid $610 in fines.

This also marks the second time in his career that Bowe has been suspended without pay. He served a four-game suspension in 2009 for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing substances.

Bowe signed a five-year, $56 million contract last offseason and approached career lows with 57 catches, 673 yards and five touchdowns.

Bowe, who turns 30 in September, hired a nutritionist and a personal trainer for the first time this offseason and has earned praise from his coaches regarding his conditioning.

He caught one pass for 10 yards in the Chiefs’ exhibition win over the Bengals on Aug. 7.

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