D-Bowe Returns … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs

Everyone around the Chiefs football operations wanted to see how WR Dwayne Bowe looked when he showed up at the facility on Monday, ending his four-game NFL suspension.

Todd Haley was happy with what he saw when No. 82 walked back into the building.

“He looked good,” Haley said late Monday afternoon. “It looks like he did a good job of keeping himself in condition. You’re always happy to get back one of your best players.”

Throughout his career, Bowe has dealt with weight problems during periods of inactivity. It happened to him after last season, and even during the five-week vacation the players had between the end of the Chiefs off-season program and the start of training camp.

That’s why Bowe was taking a diuretic for weight loss. That’s what gave him a positive test and why he was suspended by the league under its rules involving performance enhancing drugs. Diuretics are often used by those who abuse steroids.

Under NFL rules the team was not allowed to have any communication with Bowe, but several of his teammates kept in touch and some who didn’t, were happy to see him return in shape and ready to contribute.

“It will be good to get him back; we can use all the good players we can find,” said WR Bobby Wade. “I think he’ll be ready to go.”

The Chiefs received a one-week exemption for Bowe, so they did not have to clear a spot on the 53-man active roster for him. That exemption is standard practice and the Chiefs can activate him any time before next Monday.

Will the Chiefs get him on the field immediately and available for Sunday’s game against Cleveland? Haley was non-committal about a decision when he spoke Monday afternoon.

“We’ll do our best to see where he’s at and get him up to speed,” Haley said. “I think Dwayne was making tremendous strides when the suspension occurred and I think he’s made strides in all areas to a point where he cares about what we’re trying to do. We’ve got to get him up to speed in any of the new stuff we’re doing.

“I’m personally excited about having him back in the mix. We need all the hands we can get.”

Before he left for his unwanted vacation, Bowe had caught 33 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns. A month of inactivity later, he remains the team’s leading yardage receiver and leading touchdown catcher.

“It will all be a matter of getting him up to speed mentally and getting him back into the mix,” Haley said of Bowe. “I know he’s a professional and from the looks of what I can see today and talking to him he’s done a pretty good job of keeping himself in condition and says he has. It’s what I expected him to do.”

Bowe wasn’t talking as he moved through the Chiefs locker room at lunch-time. But he was wearing a smile and was greeting teammates like it was a family reunion.

“I know he’s excited to be back and we’re excited to have him back,” said Haley. “When we get a chance to get one of our better and more productive offensive players back, I think that’s a big thing for us.”

Bowe’s agent Todd France made the point again for what caused his client problems with the league.

“Dwayne did not take a steroid or any other performance-enhancing drug,” France said in a statement. “However he took a diuretic for weight loss, which unfortunately has a negative effect under the league’s policy. Dwayne is sincerely disappointed and apologetic that he let down the Chiefs organization, his teammates and the fans. He looks forward to returning and putting this situation behind him.”

SIGNINGS, INJURIES & MOVEMENT AROUND THE LEAGUE

  • BEARS – released LB Cato June; promoted OT James Marten from the practice squad.
  • BRONCOS – placed S Darcel McBath on the injured-reserve list (forearm); signed S Vernon Fox.
  • EAGLES – released RB P.J. Hill; WR Jeremy Maclin will miss one to two games because of a foot injury suffered Sunday night against the Giants.
  • FALCONS – placed WR Brian Finneran on the injured-reserve list (knee).
  • JAGUARS – released CB Brian Witherspoon; promoted FB Brock Bolen from the practice squad.
  • JETS – released OT Ryan McKee; signed RB Chauncey Washington.
  • PACKERS – released WR Biren Ealy; signed LB Brandon Chillar to a four-year contract extension through 2013.
  • PANTHERS – released LB Kelvin Smith form the injured-reserve list.
  • RAIDERS – QB Bruce Gradowski has a torn MCL in one knee and a partially torn MCL in the other knee and will not play in the remainder of the ’09 season.

FROM THE PAGES OF CHIEFS HISTORY

On December 15, 1996, the Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts 24-19 at Arrowhead Stadium. Indy WR Marvin Harrison ran all over the Chiefs defense, catching three touchdown passes from QB Jim Harbaugh (left). Harrison had TD catches of three and 37 yards in the first quarter and then a fourth quarter scoring play of five yards. He finished with six catches for 103 yards. FB Kimble Anders scored both of the Chiefs touchdowns on an 18-yard pass from QB Rich Gannon and a five-yard toss from QB Steve Bono. Anders caught six passes for 96 yards. Indy RB Marshall Faulk ran 20 times for 71 yards, while Harbaugh was 16 of 28 for 227 yards. The KC defense had sacks from S Mark Collins and rookie DE John Browning.

On December 15, 2002, the Chiefs fell to the Denver Broncos 31-24 at Invesco Field. A crowd of 75,947 watched the Broncos jump to a 28-7 lead that dashed any hopes of a Kansas City comeback. The Chiefs racked up 494 yards in the game and did not have a turnover, but they were unable to get enough points out of their offense. RB Clinton Portis (right) scored four touchdowns in the game, three on the ground and one as a receiver. Portis’ 66-yard play with QB Brian Griese gave Denver the 28-7 lead. The Chiefs got a pair of TD passes from QB Trent Green to WR Dante Hall, going 75 and 49 yards, and a four-yard TD run by Mike Cloud. In the game, Hall caught five passes for 143 yards. RB Priest Holmes ran 18 times for 161 yards. Portis had 130 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards.

SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY …

Born on December 15, 1984 in Tallahassee, Florida was RB Kolby Smith (left). He was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Louisville. Over the last three seasons, Smith has played in 28 games, with nine starting assignments. His playing time was limited by a knee injury in 2008 and his season ended after five games in 2009 because of ankle injuries. He has gained 540 yards on 162 carries with three touchdowns. Smith has caught 34 passes for 209 yards. The Florida native has become actively involved in the Kansas City community and has spent countless hours with school age children who need some direction in their lives.

Born on December 15, 1969 in Beaufort, South Carolina was LB Wayne Simmons (right). He joined the Chiefs in 1997 after spending five seasons with the Packers, where the was Green Bay’s first-round choice in the 1993 NFL Draft out of Clemson. Simmons played in 20 games and started 18 games for the Chiefs in 1997-98, before he was released by the team for disciplinary reasons during the ’98 season. He had 3.5 sacks and recovered a pair of fumbles. Simmons died in a single car accident on I-70 in Independence in August 2002. Police reports say he was driving his car at a high rate of speed and was weaving through traffic before he lost control and the car rolled over and caught fire. He was 32 years old.

Born on December 15, 1969 in Ypsilanti, Michigan was DL Dan Williams. He joined the Chiefs as a free agent in 1997 after four seasons with the Broncos, where he was Denver’s first-round selection in the 1993 NFL Draft. Williams played three seasons for the Chiefs (1997, 1999-2000), as he sat out the 1998 season in a contract dispute. He appeared in 42 games with 25 starts and contributed 23 sacks and recovered five fumbles.


19 Responses to “D-Bowe Returns … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • December 15, 2009  - Jim Lloyd + says:

    The 49′ers were about where the Chiefs are now , a year ago , but it looks like – with the Draft and a lot of time together ( + Kolby ) they may be able to it !
    What would help is 1 or 2 wins with 25 + points this year and go into next year with 4 presason wins .
    Did S.F. set a time of pos. record last night ?
    Seemed like they had the ball the whole game …


  • December 15, 2009  - MenInRed says:

    Welcome back D-Bowe, and I’m glad he is back but there is more wrong with the Chiefs then just them missing D-Bowe in the last 3 out of 4 games we lost without him.

    If we can’t beat the Browns, my case in-point.

    Go Chiefs!


  • December 15, 2009  - Jim Lloyd + says:

    Arz. is a VERY good team and S.F. made them look like Wille C. with tire tracks from Acme trucking.
    I am sure Todd watched that game and is going to show up at pratice with one thing in mind today !
    Turn overs are the biggest key to winning with ease .
    KC is starting to to look better and better as a team . It may turn out that the D.B. slap could be one of the greatest things that turn the whole team around and really make all the parts start working !


  • December 15, 2009  - Some Guy says:

    I wonder whether our offense will be able to finally kick it in gear with bowe returning… with Chambers and him both in, we’ll finally have a legit 1-2 combo at receiver to go with our new-found running game!


  • December 15, 2009  - KC#9 says:

    “KC is starting to to look better and better as a team.” What games have you been watching, Jim?


  • December 15, 2009  - el cid says:

    That is ok,KC#9, all is good and will be fixed next year, just read all the positive vibes from previous posts, right guys?


  • December 15, 2009  - KC#9 says:

    I feel better now. I didn’t realize it’s not about winning or showing improvement or even having a plan.


  • December 15, 2009  - jimbo says:

    The pessimists on this site are beating a dead horse. Yes, the Chiefs suck this year. We all know that. Nothing to cheer about, Nothing improving, Blah, Blah Blah…
    We all see something different in a ball game. There are some improvements in some areas, not so much in others. The Chiefs plain & simple cannot afford to make mistakes or not capitalize on key plays. Building this team into a competitive one is agonizing. Some of us are more comfortable with the positives we see & are optimistic the team is headed in the right direction. Some others are very upset, rightly so.
    There is plenty of room on this site for all opinions, both positive & negative. It’s Christmas time & we all get stressed & frustrated. Maybe the Chiefs can give us a nice Gift this Sunday. Hopefully from start to finish.
    Go Chiefs.


  • December 15, 2009  - el cid says:

    Once again, when you are right, you are right. Everything will be fixed soon and then the dynasty can begin, we will just skip the footnote called 2009. Of course, the NFL is designed for teams to be between 6-10 and 10-6. Good team are better but to be under 6 win is a diaster, that’s a fact, Jack. It does not matter what you were last year or the last decade, you get enough chances to win 6 games a year. When you do not you get high draft picks. Do you realize if you stay lousy long enough you will have 8 first round picks who make all the money allowed? I guess to be the Lions is a much sought after treat for the fans?


  • December 15, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    Yes…what Jimbo said.

    I also try to remain positive about things…although it’s a struggle sometimes. I just try to remind myself that this team didn’t go down the toilet in one year, and it won’t be fixed in one year. Obviously, by now we all know that. I also try to remind myself that even though the Chiefs have sucked for years now, and we the fans have been going through this dark time with our team for those years…that Pioli and Haley just got here. They didn’t cause this mess…they’re trying to fix it. Have they been successful so far? Again, obviously not. But, I still think they will be. So I can either piss and moan about everything…or hope for a better future ahead. I choose hope. As Chiefs fan for life…it’s all I can do, really.


  • December 15, 2009  - Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 12/15 says:

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  • December 15, 2009  - colby says:

    We should pick up CB/KR Brian Witherspoon. He’s been a pretty good return man for the Jags and he’s very young. Can’t figure out for the life of me why they dropped him. Long and Wade were the worst KR/PR combo we’ve fielded in years on Sunday. If Lawrence or Savage aren’t going to get anymore chances, let’s at least try someone with SPEED!


  • December 15, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    AGREE Mad Chief


  • December 15, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    colby your right,

    Wade absolutely SUCKS..he makes Savage look like a saint!!

    I think long is a bit better and maybe has a little more promise, but thats not saying much…


  • December 15, 2009  - el cid says:

    Do not like Lawrence much but you cannot coach speed. Leave him on the practice squad and look again next year. Then if no luck, he can be so much cannonfodder. Savage has been to banged up to put any faith in, no sure Kirby Smith does not fit that injury mode also. Next year’s draft could use a RB for backup to Charles or if 1st rounder, an instant starter.


  • December 15, 2009  - colby says:

    Richie Incognito got the ax. He’s a brawler who gets in trouble for unnecessary roughness and whatnot, but he is a talent who could potentially help us.


  • December 15, 2009  - Hank says:

    Josh Looney finally brought up something that I have wondered. Why don’t the Chiefs go no huddle at least at the beginning of the game and/or third quarter (especially when they get the ball first)? The defense gets no less rest as they have yet to be on the field so in the event of a three and out they are equally rested. The Chiefs have been more productive (generally) on two minute/no huddle situations…even if only on third down.

    Second, I just finished watching the 1st half of 09 season and the biggest change defensively in the 2nd half of the season has been the total lack of up the middle blitzes (except Steelers). Mays seems to provide good up the middle but they stopped using this weapon.




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