The Kansas City Chiefs today confirmed that the National Football League has suspended WR Dwayne Bowe for four games for “violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.” Bowe’s suspension will begin immediately.
As a result of the league suspension, the team will have no further comment.
ESPN’s Adam Shefter reports Bowe was taking a diuretic to lose weight in training camp and knew the suspension was coming. Knowing he was unlikely to win in appeal, Bowe decided not to fight the decision.
Bowe will miss games against the Steelers, Chargers, Broncos, and Bills. He’ll then return for the final three games of the year, against the Browns, Bengals, and Broncos.
Players can face suspension for performance enhancing substances for testing positive for anabolic steroids, or certain diuretics that are considered masking agents. Players can also be suspended for failing to show up for testing. There’s no word on what Bowe’s situation might be.
The last Chiefs player suspended for performance enhancing substances was OL John Welbourn. He missed the first six games of the 2006 season, after serving a four-game suspension in 2005.
There is no way to overstate how much this hurts the Chiefs. For an offense that has had nothing but problems this season, it’s hard to imagine the passing game doing much of anything against Pittsburgh.
Todd Haley likes to talk about opportunities… Well, Lance Long, Mark Bradley and Bobby Wade have a huge one in front of them right now. Chris Chambers immediately becomes the Chiefs No. 1 receiver and one of the aforementioned guys will have to step up to be his running mate.