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Bowe will play on Sunday night


As of Tuesday, the status of receiver Dwayne Bowe for Sunday night’s game against the Broncos wasn’t known, in the wake of a weekend arrest for marijuana possession.

It now is.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Bowe will play. PFT has confirmed that Bowe will indeed play.

“Under CBA, Chiefs cannot discipline,” Werder tweets.

Technically, Werder is accurate.  Under Article 42, Section 6 of the labor deal, “No Club may impose any discipline against a player . . . as a result of the Player’s violation of the . . . NFL Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse.”  (That same language appeared in the 2006 CBA, so it’s not new.)

Still, teams can — and some do — impose discipline after off-field incidents.

In 2008, for example, the Steelers suspended receiver Santonio Holmes with pay after a citation for marijuana possession.  He missed a key game against the Giants, and the Steelers lost.

In 2010, the Jets benched receiver Braylon Edwards for the first quarter of a Sunday night game against the Dolphins after a mid-week DUI arrest.

In 2012, the Steelers suspended defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu for two games after a DUI incident.

The more accurate explanation at this point is that the Chiefs realize that they can take action against Bowe, but that they currently choose not to.  As we understand it, the facts are regarded to be sufficiently in dispute to make any action by the team against Bowe premature.  At some point, things could change, and the Chiefs could take action.

For now, Bowe is playing.

It’s still not clear whether Bowe will be starting the Sunday night game against the Broncos.  But if the Chiefs aren’t sufficiently sure what happened with Bowe to sit him down for a game, it makes sense that they also don’t yet feel comfortable enough to sit him down for even a series.

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46 Responses to “Bowe will play on Sunday night”
  1. richcranium2112 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:46 AM

    As expected.

  2. calhounlambeau says: Nov 13, 2013 10:47 AM

    Of course he will.

  3. richcranium2112 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:48 AM

    Just like All-done Smith.

  4. zoellner25 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:51 AM

    This just sets a terrible, terrible example for our children. If there is no consequence, why change your behavior? Absolutely ridiculous teams still allow players who do this stuff to play.

  5. buckshowalter says: Nov 13, 2013 10:51 AM

    Doesn’t matter anyway, hes been a complete fantasy bust due to Alex Smith not throwing the ball beyond ten yards. Thanks for nothing Matt Berry!

  6. flexx91 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:54 AM

    Allegedly “bully” a team mate and get suspended indefinitely. Commit a crime by possessing an illegal substance which is also clearly a league violation along with a DUI and still be allowed to play.

  7. Nickstixx says: Nov 13, 2013 10:56 AM

    That’s fine, he will play. But once you look at the stat line after the game it will be as if he didn’t. Just like normal.
    Broncos 31, Chiefs 17.

  8. jbusch415 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:56 AM

    unfortunatley for the Chiefs it wont matter, they will be exposed as the mediocre team that they are

  9. Pat says: Nov 13, 2013 10:58 AM

    he didn’t get a DUI. also, teams don’t care about players smoking pot.

    neither does the league. if they did, they would test for it more than once a year.

    they aren’t going to punish themselves for what is a relatively small infraction in the eyes of the NFL.

  10. thepftpoet says: Nov 13, 2013 10:59 AM

    This just shows how trashy the chiefs organization is

  11. wryly1 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    Bowe has not been much of a factor in any games this year anyhow – not even as a decoy.

  12. blizzard01 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    Prediction: He won’t be late.

  13. stealthjunk says: Nov 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    “Under CBA, Chiefs cannot discipline,” Werder tweets.

    What a convenient cop-out for teams that don’t care about player discipline. If you’re not going to suspend him, then say so, but you’re not fooling anyone with this “we can’t discipline him” crap.

  14. packfntk says: Nov 13, 2013 11:06 AM

    If Marshawn Lynch is STILL playing, Bowe should be playing for a long time before suspension.

  15. 23rdusernameused says: Nov 13, 2013 11:07 AM

    and he’ll be high as a kite while playing!!
    puff puff play

  16. terripet says: Nov 13, 2013 11:07 AM

    Just goes to show the owners don’t care about the player it’s all about winning.

  17. riverhorsey says: Nov 13, 2013 11:07 AM

    What Bowe did is legal in Denver and that clearly diminishes the severity of the violation in the eyes of most.

  18. kingpel says: Nov 13, 2013 11:09 AM

    I have no problem with this. 48 in a 35 with a bag of weed is a lot different than what Aldon Smith was repeatedly getting mixed up in.

    Aldon Smith was a menace to society.

  19. annapterp says: Nov 13, 2013 11:17 AM

    Why shouldn’t he? Hasn’t been convicted of anything.

    “Oh the children, what about the poor children and the message being sent”….Give me a freaking break. Maybe do some parenting and use it as a teaching moment if its that big a deal.

  20. jbaxt says: Nov 13, 2013 11:18 AM

    So the best comparison is Santonio Holmes from 5 years ago. You mean to tell me no players have been caught with dope in 5 years? Pfft, please. But now it’s a big deal because the no name, small market, Chiefs are eating up too much of the airways for being 9-0. What did the Broncos do to Von Miller? Clearly he was a repeat offender and the league stepped in this year but what his initial punishment? That would be a good comparison.

  21. dt58 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:27 AM

    I think the whole ” run and hide from your problems” is a worse message to send to our children.

  22. dodohead418 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:27 AM

    CBA is stupid.

  23. thejuddstir says: Nov 13, 2013 11:31 AM

    The NFL and it’s owners can talk all they want about “the shield”, player safety, moral responsibility, ethical standards, etc. etc. but it is nothing but lip service. If Bowe was a third or fourth stringer they would step right up and make an example of a “nobody” and make sure they let all of us know about it but when it’s a (fading)star player they quickly fall back on the CBA. Just like all the built-in excuses they have for the players, 100 different policies that a player must break at least 5 times each before any type of real discipline. Who needs a “performance enhancing policy” and a “alcohol policy” and a “illegal substance policy” when in the real world, if a person violated any one of those work place policies they would be fired.

  24. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:33 AM

    Dude needs to step up his game. He has been nothing this year.

  25. kcflake says: Nov 13, 2013 11:33 AM

    Damn Right!!! Go Chiefs!

  26. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:37 AM

    Good for the Chiefs, cuz I don’t know how they would’ve been able to replace his weekly 3 catches for 27 yds.

  27. linemanguy74 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:38 AM

    “What the hell is going on here”

  28. newagerocker says: Nov 13, 2013 11:41 AM

    This wouldn’t have happened if he worked at McDonalds.

  29. pickensclause says: Nov 13, 2013 11:47 AM

    I’m not a fan of either team, but as a football fan in general I would like to see this match up with all of the players available- no excuses that way.

  30. cliverush says: Nov 13, 2013 11:48 AM

    Society is beginning to realize the scam of criminalizing weed that law enforcement and the liquor industry have pushed on this nation. Cops, lawyers, and others in the criminal justice system have hit the jackpot in easy OT busting weed smokers. The liquor industry knows that a natural substance which grows out of the ground without and synthetic process necessary for producting is serious competition. This stuff has been around long before Capt. Morgan. The players need to stay away from poisons such as alcohol and other man made substances and turn to weed.

  31. wfh88 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:53 AM

    His court date isn’t until December. You can’t suspend him until he’s had his day in court. It’s that simple.

  32. joetoronto says: Nov 13, 2013 12:12 PM

    Chiefs fans will try and tell you that it’s out of the teams hands, because they can’t suspend him due to the CBA.

    Show me where it says you can’t sit him though, show me that.


  33. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 13, 2013 12:14 PM

    What a joke. No standards.

  34. natijim235 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:18 PM

    wish i could get away with the stuff these guys do!

  35. bigdawg24 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:19 PM

    Bowe has played a larger role as a down field blocker than catching ball this year.

    He lacks speed to get separation from DB’s.

    I think McCluster will have a HUGE game against the Broncos.

  36. steelcurtainn says: Nov 13, 2013 12:21 PM

    Low class organization. Wow, you can get caught with marijuana and start the next week. Classy. Way to set the example.

  37. vivaronmexico says: Nov 13, 2013 12:21 PM



    I’ll make a fun weekend out of it.

  38. irishgary says: Nov 13, 2013 12:27 PM

    Very typical of Andy Reid. If the chiefs were playing the Jags he would be suspended for at least the first half.

    Reid cares nothing about human beings only his won loss record.

  39. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:37 PM

    zoellner25 says:

    This just sets a terrible, terrible example for our children. If there is no consequence, why change your behavior? Absolutely ridiculous teams still allow players who do this stuff to play.

    Survey says ? AAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    The terrible example is criminalizing weed and the wasting of hundreds of billions of dollars prosecuting people for it over the last 40 years.

    Acting like this guy committed some heinous crime with this is what’s ridiculous.

  40. sullijo1 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:48 PM

    As a Broncos fan, I want him to play. No excuses…..let’s play ball.

    We’re ready, are you?

  41. mogogo1 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:54 PM

    terripet says:

    Just goes to show the owners don’t care about the player it’s all about winning.

    Wow, you’ve just now figured this out?

    At least in this case, the player and owner are on the same page, as Bowe most certainly doesn’t want to be suspended, either.

  42. skinsrock says: Nov 13, 2013 1:30 PM

    Of course he’s going to play… It’s just weed!

  43. billiamsofdollars says: Nov 13, 2013 2:24 PM

    I can’t believe they put the Ta’amu incident in here as if it even compares. Dude drove from police, drove wasted down a street crowded with pedestrians, right at a cop shouting at him to stop who had to dive out of the way, hit multiple vehicles, caused injury to bystanders, and then ran from the mess and resisted arrest. Had to be tackled and tasered by at least 3 cops before he was subdued. Yeah just a DUI though.

  44. jeffa43 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:04 PM

    Harisonhits2…… You cant say it any better, and all agree with you, except for the morons that are holding us down. (Those morons now know, they are losing the falsified war they fight for)

    PS… News break for the remaining sheltered 20% of you who believe the lies.

    You know who will also be playing this Sunday? 60% of the league that has puffed this week, but did not get caught.

  45. annes22 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:51 PM

    That’s a wonderful advert to let him play. It’s ok to go and get drunk, smoke pot, and play on Sunday.
    I hope the Chiefs get beaten, because they should have suspended this idiot. Just another one who has no clue.

  46. my2cents277 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:18 PM

    Players like this usually don’t last that long on Andy Reid coached teams!

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