Chiefs receiver Bowe suspended for opener
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been suspended for the season opener against Tennessee for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Bowe was pulled over for speeding in a Kansas City suburb on Nov. 10, and was arrested after police found a black bag containing his wallet, driver’s license and two containers of suspected marijuana. He later pleaded guilty to amended charges of defective equipment and littering, and his attorney said there was no admission of guilt for the marijuana charge, which was dismissed.
Bowe, who signed a $56 million, five-year deal last offseason, issued a statement through the NFL Players’ Association shortly after the suspension was announced.
"I made an error in judgment. I take responsibility for my mistake and it will not happen again," he said. "I will be supporting my teammates in Week 1, and I cannot wait to get back on the field to help us win in Week 2 and beyond as we work toward our goal of winning the Super Bowl."
Bowe remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
Around the league
Jets • New York rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders was involved in a single-car accident early Friday and hospitalized.
The team announced Saunders, a fourth-round pick, was on his way to the Jets’ practice facility at the time of the accident. There was no immediate word on Saunders’ condition, but the Jets say he won’t travel with the team for their preseason game at Cincinnati on Saturday night.
The team did not release additional details of the accident.
The speedy Saunders, the 104th pick overall out of Oklahoma, is expected to compete for a role as a backup receiver and punt returner. He returned two punts for 11 yards in the preseason opener against Indianapolis last week.
Jaguars • Rookie Blake Bortles will get his first opportunity with the first-team offense this week.
Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley said Bortles will get repetitions with the starters in practice and will play about a quarter with them during next week’s preseason game at Detroit.
Bradley remains committed to veteran Chad Henne as the team’s opening-day starter. Since selecting Bortles with the third overall pick in May’s NFL draft, the Jaguars have insisted that Henne would start and Bortles would take over when he’s ready.
In the meantime, Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell want to foster a pressure-free environment for Bortles to transition to the team’s pro-style system.
Browns • Finally, at long last, the Browns have a date to name their quarterback. Decision day is Tuesday for Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.
That’s when coach Mike Pettine aims to announce his starter for Cleveland’s Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh.
NFL preseason scores/schedule
» New England 42,Philadelphia 35
» New Orleans 31,Tennessee 24
» San Diego at Seattle, late
» Detroit at Oakland, late
» Green Bay at St. Louis,2 p.m., NFL Network
» N.Y. Giants at Indianapolis, 5 p.m.
» N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati, 5 p.m.
» Baltimore at Dallas,5 p.m., NFL Network
» Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m.
» Miami at Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m.
» Atlanta at Houston,6 p.m.
» Arizona at Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.