On Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs biggest concern was the dislocated finger of Dwayne Bowe. Apparently, the star wide receiver was having trouble catching the ball. Well, he won’t have that problem during the NFL’s opening weekend.
According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will be suspended for week 1 of the NFL season. Reportedly, Bowe violated the NFL policy and program on substance abuse.
Dwayne Bowe was arrested in November for marijuana possession, but that charge was bargained down to defective equipment and littering. Bowe started all 15 games he played in 2013. Due to this suspension, he’ll likely only play 15 games again.
He finished the season with 57 catches and five touchdowns, but Bowe is expected to have a huge season in 2014. This is not the start that he was looking for with Kansas City. Dwayne Bowe also left his apologies to the team and the organization.
"I am extremely sorry that I can't be on the field for the first game of the 2014 season because I made an error in judgment," Bowe said Friday in a statement released by the team. "I take responsibility for my mistake, and it will not happen again. I hope that my teammates, coaches, and Chiefs fans accept my sincere apology. I will be supporting my teammates in week one, and I cannot wait to get back on the field to help us win in week two and beyond as we work towards our goal of winning the Super Bowl."
According to NFL.com, Bowe was suspended four games in 2009 for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. That’s why Bowe was able to be suspended for this next offense while he was in the drug program.
Dwayne Bowe also may have cost himself a lot of money with the Kansas City Chiefs. NFL.com notes that Bowe is owed $10.75 million in 2015, but now that he’s been suspended, the Chiefs don’t have a guaranteed obligation to pay him.
Bowe’s absence will leave room for another wide receiver to step up in week 1. The Chiefs, who made the playoffs with the Wild card slot, face the Tennessee Titans to open the season.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been impressed with undrafted rookie Albert Wilson. However, doing well in the first couple weeks of training camp and performing under regular season pressure could be an eye opening experience.
The Chiefs used a highly conservative approach with Alex Smith last season, so they’ll be apt to stick with a controlled game plan to open the season. There’s no doubt that Jamaal Charles will still be the go to offensive weapon for Kansas City.