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Chiefs' Dwayne Bowe will serve one-game suspension for substance abuse

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is being suspended one game for a substance-abuse violation, according an NFL spokesman.

Bowe, who will miss the season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 7, will be eligible to return to the Chiefs' active roster on Sept. 8. He can continue to practice with the team in the preseason but cannot be in the team facility during the week of the Tennessee game.

The suspension is related to Bowe's Nov. 10 arrest for allegedly speeding and possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana. Those charges were later amended.

"I am extremely sorry that I can't be on the field for the first game of the 2014 season because I made an error in judgment," Bowe said in a statement. "I take responsibility for my mistake, and it will not happen again. I hope that my teammates, coaches and Chiefs fans accept my sincere apology.

"I will be supporting my teammates in week one, and I cannot wait to get back on the field to help us win in week two and beyond as we work towards our goal of winning the Super Bowl."

Bowe had five days to appeal the suspension, but it appears he won't take that route. The Chiefs play at Denver in Week Two.

According to Riverside police, Bowe was pulled over for traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. He was arrested after police found a black bag containing his wallet, driver's license and two containers of what an officer suspected to be marijuana.

One of Bowe's passengers, George A. Thompson, said the bag belonged to him, police said, and during a search of Thompson, police also found two-hand rolled cigarettes, containing 2.2 grams of suspected marijuana.

Thompson later indicated under oath that all the marijuana found in the car is his and that Bowe had no knowledge of its presence.

Bowe pleaded guilty in Riverside Municipal Court in April to charges of defective equipment and littering. He paid $610 in fines.

"We are disappointed in the situation and will miss him on the field, but we support the league's decision," the Chiefs said in a news release.

This marks the second time Bowe has been suspended without pay. He served a four-game suspension in 2009 for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing substances.

Bowe signed a five-year, $56 million contract last offseason and approached career lows with 57 catches, 673 yards and five touchdowns.

Bowe, who turns 30 in September, hired a nutritionist and a personal trainer for the first time this offseason and has earned praise from his coaches regarding his conditioning.

He caught one pass for 10 yards in the Chiefs' preseason win over the Bengals on Aug. 7.

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