Chiefs’ Bowe to start despite arrest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start for the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver, coach Andy Reid said.

Otherwise, Reid said little about Bowe’s recent arrest in nearby Riverside, Mo., on charges of possession of a controlled substance and speeding. Police said the controlled substance was marijuana.

“It’s a legal matter,” Reid said. “That’s the way we’ll handle it [and] let it run its course there.”

Bowe, who signed a five-year, $56 million contract in the offseason and is second on the team with 33 catches and third with 369 receiving yards, issued an apology for his arrest Wednesday.

“I apologize to the Hunt family, Coach Reid, my teammates and Chiefs fans for the distraction I have caused the team this week. Due to the nature of the pending matter, I am unable to make any further comment on the situation,” he said in a statement, which was released by the team.

Bowe wasn’t available to answer questions.

“Dwayne’s been a team player since I’ve been here,” Reid said. “He doesn’t want to bring any problems.”

If convicted, Bowe is subject to discipline from the NFL according to the league’s substance-abuse policy. The Chiefs are prohibited under terms of the collective bargaining agreement from disciplining Bowe before then, something Reid seemed to refer to.

“Rules and regulations are put in place,” he said. “We’ll abide by the rules and regulations.”

Bowe’s attorney, Kevin Regan, also issued a statement.

“My investigation reveals that Dwayne Bowe is unequivocally, 100 percent innocent in this matter. We look forward to clearing his good name at our earliest opportunity,” Regan said.

“Mr. Bowe has long been a giving member of our community and remains committed to giving Kansas City his best on and off the field,” the statement continued. “He is grateful for the support shown by Chiefs fans and promises this incident will not be a distraction to his commitment to excellence on the football field.”

Bowe practiced with the Chiefs on Wednesday.

Bowe’s suspension comes as the 9-0 Chiefs are preparing for their biggest game of the season against the 8-1 Broncos. Reid indicated he didn’t believe the Chiefs, who are listed on many betting lines as big underdogs, would be distracted by Bowe’s situation.

“I think this football team is focused in on the Denver Broncos,” he said.

ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder contributed to this report.

This article was originally posted on ESPN.com

About Neil Farris

I have been covering sports since 2002 when I began writing for my college newspaper. Since then I have covered football regionally and currently work in the NFL department at All Sports Talk.