Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start in the team’s quest to remain undefeated and take control of the AFC West against the Broncos (8-1) on Sunday night in Denver despite his arrest during the bye week for marijuana possession.
“He’s playing,” a source said.
The issue had not been addressed within the team by coach Andy Reid as the Chiefs — listed on many lines as 7.5-point underdogs, gathered Wednesday to begin meetings and practice for the game against the Broncos. Reid is likely to make his first public comments on Bowe’s arrest during his media availability later Wednesday.
The league will review Bowe for potential discipline once the case is adjudicated. The Chiefs cannot discipline Bowe under terms of the collective bargaining agreement for an apparent violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy; that falls under the league’s domain.
This is good news for the Chiefs. While Bowe’s arrest will certainly provide a distraction, KC needs their most talented receiver on the field in what is clearly its most important game of the season.
There is no point in the Chiefs punishing Bowe. He will likely be punished by the NFL no matter what so all sitting Bowe down would do is hurt the rest of the team and the fans.
Bowe’s punishment will be coming but he is too valuable to be on the bench this weekend and so he won’t be.
The Chiefs are making the right call here.
What do you think, Addicts? Should the Chiefs bench Bowe to send a message or are they doing the right thing by having him play?