Dwayne Bowe Suspended 1 Game for Marijuana Arrest

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2014

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is going to the miss the team's season opener against the Tennessee Titans due to a suspension related to an arrest last year.

Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports broke the news:

Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed the expected punishment:

Yahoo Sports' Brian McIntyre provided a statement from the receiver through the NFL Players Association:

McIntyre also reported the Chiefs' statement on the suspension:

Bowe is coming off a down season that saw him catch just 57 passes for 673 yards and five touchdowns. It was the worst statistical season of his career on a per-game basis, but the team was hoping he could bounce back in 2014.

The suspension is related to an arrest last November for marijuana possession. Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star reported back in April that the wideout pleaded guilty to lesser charges and ended up paying a fine:

Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty Wednesday in Riverside Municipal Court to amended charges of defective equipment and littering relating to his Nov. 10 arrest for marijuana possession.

The city prosecutor, Amy Ashefford, said Bowe paid $610 in fines.

The report also notes a passenger in the car claimed possession of the marijuana and stated Bowe had no knowledge he was carrying it.

McIntyre provided the financial details of the suspension:

Bowe entered training camp in noticeably better shape. He told Tom Pelissero of USA Today during the offseason that increasing his fitness level is crucial at this stage of his career.

"I made the initiative to be in better shape," he said. "I'm getting older, and talking to the old vets, the only way you last longer is to be in better conditioning. I took that to the heart and am training extremely hard this year."

A finger injury has limited his contributions during the early stages of preparations, however.

Even though it's just one game, the loss is notable for Kansas City due to its lack of depth at wide receiver. Donnie Avery will likely step into a bigger role, but the Chiefs will rely even more heavily on the running game in Week 1.

Once Bowe is eligible to play, he should immediately become the No. 1 target in the passing game again. The jury is still out as to whether he's capable of putting up big numbers, though.