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NFL Roundup: Dwayne Bowe set to play Sunday despite arrest; Gary Kubiak to coach Texans Sunday

11.14.13 at 10:13 am ET
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Despite being arrested this past weekend on charges of speeding and possession of marijuana, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe still intends to play this Sunday. Bowe likely does not want to miss what is shaping up to be Kansas City’s biggest game of the season, as the 9-0 Chiefs are set to travel to Denver to face off against the Broncos.

After being stopped for doing 48 in a 35 mph zone shortly before midnight on Sunday, Bowe’s car was searched by police officers, who reported they found about a third of an ounce of marijuana. Bowe was taken to jail and was subsequently released on a $750 bond. Bowe is due in court on Dec. 18.

While Bowe has avoided speaking to the media since his arrest, Chiefs coach Andy Reid deflected questions regarding Bowe’s arrest and defended his Pro Bowl player, stating that Bowe has been a model citizen so far this season.

“There are rules and regulations put in place and we’ll abide by the rules and regulations, and we’ll make sure we take all of the information that comes out as it goes through the process,” Reid said. “That’s where we’re going with it.

“Dwayne’s been a team player since I’ve been here,” Reid said. “He doesn’t want to bring any problems to the table. That’s not what he wants to do.”

Bowe, who signed a five-year, $56 million extension with Kansas City this past offseason, has not had a season to remember, as the 29-year-old has only hauled in 33 receptions for 369 yards and two touchdowns.

Since being selected 23rd overall in the 2007 draft by Kansas City, Bowe has been one of the most effective offensive weapons in franchise history, as he is second all-time with 448 receptions and is fifth all-time in touchdowns (41).

• After suffering a “mini-stroke” less than two weeks ago, Texans coach Gary Kubiak is set to return to the sideline Sunday for Houston’s game against the Raiders.

Kubiak last coached the Texans on Nov. 3 against the Colts, when the 52-year-old coach collapsed on field at halftime and was transported to a hospital. After testing, it was revealed that Kubiak had suffered a transient ischemic attack, typically referred to as a “mini-stroke” for its similarity in side effects and causes.

While doctors have limited the amount of work that he can do during the week, Kubiak was happy to finally be back with the team on Wednesday.

“It just feels great to be back,” Kubiak said. ”I’m on kind of a different schedule — kind of hard to adjust to, but I’m adjusting to it. I’m listening to [my doctors.]

“I wasn’t doing anything different than I’ve always done. I guess it just makes you stop and think a little bit. I’ve been through a lot of good times in this league, I’m going through a hard time right now, but it’s nice to go through any time and to be doing what you love to do.”

Kubiak will have to deal with a lot of pressure in his first game back, as the Texans will look to break a seven-game losing streak against Oakland.

• While Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said that quarterback Peyton Manning would “definitely” play this Sunday against the Chiefs, his status is a bit more unclear now.

Manning, who is dealing with injuries to his ankles, sat out Denver’s practice Wednesday. The four-time MVP took part in the team’s walk-through before heading into the trainer’s room for work on his nagging injuries.

“It’s my preference to be out there, but at the same time, I kind of do what’s best for the team in order for me to get healthy,” Manning said.

Manning has posted some of the best stats of his Hall of Fame career in 2013, as the 37-year-old has thrown for 3,249 yards and 33 touchdowns.

• Former Bears receiver Sam Hurd was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for his role in a drug-distribution scheme.

Hurd pleaded guilty in April to one count of attempting to buy and distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana. In court on Wednesday, Hurd pleaded for mercy and admitted to being a drug addict.

“I have regrets, your honor,” he said. “I have a lot of regrets.”

• Former Raiders tight end Todd Christensen died Wednesday in a Salt Lake City hospital from complications from liver transplant surgery.

Christensen, 57, had been waiting 10 months for a donor liver, his son, Toby, told the press.

Christensen played 10 seasons for the Raiders, earning five Pro Bowl selections and winning Super Bowls in 1981 and ’84. His 92 catches in 1983 were an NFL record for tight ends, and he broke that mark three years later with 95 receptions.

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