Around The Web: Bowe Explains, Cassel Needs To Step Up, Broncos Release Love Bug

After serving a four game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, no Chiefs player is more ready to turn the page on 2009 than Dwayne Bowe.  For the first time since he returned from that suspension, Bowe explained to The Star’s Kent Babb what led to his punishment.

He had been overweight when he reported last spring to the team’s offseason conditioning program.  Now, he was sore from the marathon conditioning sessions during the first week of training camp and desperate for relief.

He says he couldn’t afford to slow down.  Haley’s requirements were tough on the body, and Bowe says now that some days were tougher than others.  He says he called his grandmother, Dorothy Williams, and asked for a remedy.  Something to ease the cramps he’d been having.

“I told my grandma to send me something,” Bowe says.

He says now that his grandmother keeps her “cramp medicine” next to her water pills and that Williams unknowingly sent the wrong thing.  Bowe says he took it anyway.  After taking a pill he says was a diuretic, a banned substance by the NFL because some diuretics are taken to cut weight or mask the use of steroids, Bowe weighed himself.  He says that before he took the pill, he was 3 pounds heavier than his suggested playing weight.  After taking it, he says, he was 6 pounds under his target.

“I was real light,” he says.  “I was like, ‘How did I lose all this weight?’”

Bowe says he called his grandmother, and he says now that she had no idea what she had sent.  Bowe says he thought it was a potassium supplement, which was not against the rules.  But Bowe says his grandmother sent him something different — and couldn’t tell him what it was.  He says now that he doesn’t know the name of the substance he took and that his grandmother doesn’t know, either.

“I tried to ask her,” he says. “She’s old.”

Bowe says he took only the one pill, nervous after the drastic weight loss.  But weeks later, there was a note in his locker at Chiefs headquarters.  He says he thought he’d been fined for some on-the-field theatrics.

Instead, he was told that a drug test from training camp had been flagged.  It had shown traces of a substance among those banned by the NFL.  Bowe says he offered to take another test but that he was told the league would make a decision based on the one he’d submitted in camp.  Bowe was suspended four weeks, and despite a season in which he’d shown progress, the third-year wideout now had more questions to answer.  Serious questions now about his judgment, maturity and training regimen.

If Bowe is to believed — and at this point what would he get out of lying? — this suspension is even more puzzling because of how easily it could have been avoided.  In an era where there is a GNC in every mall in America, how could a world class athlete resort to taking pills sent to him by his Grandmother?  Unbelievable.

The whole situation is a shame because when it really seemed like Bowe was starting to finally get with the program.  There’s plenty of time between now and training camp for him to prove himself all over again, but it’s just so frustrating to see a player come so far just to see it all get thrown away.

When Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel steps on the field today against the Broncos, he’ll need to play better than he did last time.

Cassel had a miserable game against Denver when he faced his former mentor Josh McDaniels for the first time, in Week 13.  Cassel completed just 10 of 29 passes for 84 yards.  He was intercepted twice before being yanked in the third quarter.  It was the worst performance of his career.  It wasn’t the type of game Cassel was used to having when he quarterbacked New England last year with McDaniels serving as his offensive coordinator.

After struggling again after that game, Cassel bounced back with two very solid games against the Browns and Bengals.  Everyone on and around the Chiefs wants to end the season with a victory in Denver, but there isn’t anyone that needs a big game going into the offseason more than Cassel.

There are still plenty of fans unconvinced about Cassel’s potential to be a franchise quarterback.  While the fans don’t call the shots, it sure would make things easier on both quarterback and coach if Cassel took a nice 300 yard 2 touchdown performance into the offseason.

It turns out that the Broncos will be without two of their starting wide receivers later today in Denver and that will be what ended up costing a former Chief his job.

A day after announcing that Brandon Marshall will not play, the team has ruled Eddie Royal out as well.  Royal is still recovering from the neck injury he suffered two weeks ago against Oakland.

The team on Saturday signed receiver Matt Willis from the practice squad to be the fourth receiver in the game against the Chiefs.  Willis will join Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Stokley and Brandon Lloyd as the team’s active wide receivers.  Those four players have a combined 58 catches this season (40 for Gaffney, 14 for Stokley and four for Lloyd).

To make room for Willis on the active roster, the team released offensive lineman Herb Taylor.

Denver has played roster yo-yo with The Love Bug a few times already and I’m sure he’ll end up with them again this offseason.

With Marshall, Royal and TE Tony Scheffler all on the bench, the Chiefs should be playing the entire game with eight men in the box.  Seriously…  the whole game.  Second and 8?  Eight men in the box.  Third and 13?  Eight men in the box.

Knowshon Moreno has yet to break 100 yards this season.  With so many weapons down in the passing game, this cannot be the week it finally happens for the Broncos young running back.

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