The NFL has suspended Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for the first game of the 2014 regular season. The punishment stems from an arrest for marijuana possession and speeding charges brought against Bowe in November 2013.
Though the marijuana and speeding charges were dismissed after Bowe pleaded guilty to amended charges of defective equipment and littering, the wide receiver will miss the team's home opener against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 7.
"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 released by the NFL Players Association. "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 1], and I cannot wait to get back on the field to help us win in [Week 2] and beyond as we work towards our goal of winning the Super Bowl."
Bowe, who signed a five-year, $56 million contract with the Chiefs last offseason that included a $15 million signing bonus, is coming off a down season that saw him rack up 57 receptions for 673 yards and five touchdowns. The talented wide receiver has had three 1,000-yard seasons since entering the league as the 23rd overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft, including back-to-back 1,100 yard seasons in 2010 and '11.