Source: Chiefs’ Bowe to start despite arrest

Updated: November 13, 2013, 10:14 AM ET

Ed Werder | ESPN

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start in the team’s quest to remain unbeaten and take control of the AFC West against the Broncos 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 9-0 Chiefs — listed on many betting lines as 7.5-point underdogs — gathered Wednesday to begin meetings and practice for the game against the Broncos (8-1). 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.

Bowe, who signed a five-year, $56 million contract in the offseason, is second on the team with 33 receptions and third with 369 receiving yards.

According to a statement released by police, Bowe was pulled over shortly before midnight Saturday for doing 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. After a subsequent search by a police dog, more than 10 grams of marijuana were found in two containers in Bowe’s car.

The K-9 also found 4.2 grams of marijuana in a backpack in Bowe’s car. A passenger, identified by police as George A. Thompson, told police the backpack belonged to him. Two hand-rolled cigarettes containing 2.2 grams of what police believe to be marijuana were found on Thompson, who was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. A second passenger in the car was not arrested.

Bond was posted for Bowe at $750 and Thompson at $500. A Dec. 18 court date was set. Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher contributed to this report.

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