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    NFL notes: Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe caught with pot

    Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance, police said.
    Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance, police said.

    Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested outside Kansas City over the weekend on charges of speeding and possessing marijuana, throwing his status for a pivotal AFC West showdown Sunday night against the Broncos into question.

    Bowe was pulled over for going about 48 miles per hour in a 35-m.p.h.- zone, police in suburban Riverside, Mo., said Tuesday. Police said an officer smelled ‘‘a strong odor of marijuana from inside of the vehicle,’’ and asked Bowe and two passengers to get out of the car.

    Police then used a dog to search for illegal substances and found a bag with Bowe’s wallet and two containers holding what the officer suspected was marijuana. One container held 6.6 grams of the substance, and the other had 3.8 grams, or about one-third of an ounce in all.


    A passenger in the car was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance after the police dog found a backpack that contained 4.2 grams of suspected marijuana. Riverside is a community of about 3,000 residents located just north of Kansas City.

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    Bowe was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance, police said. He posted $750 bond and is scheduled to appear in Riverside court on Dec. 18.

    It’s unclear whether Bowe will be available for Sunday’s game as the Chiefs (9-0) prepare for the Broncos (8-1). While penalties have varied, commissioner Roger Goodell historically has suspended players one game without pay and fined them an additional game check for possession of marijuana.

    Fox vows to return

    Broncos coach John Fox says the only change he plans to make following open-heart surgery is his vantage point.

    Fox said he was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, one that has only two leaflets instead of the usual three. It was discovered in 1997. The aortic valve regulates blood flow from the heart into the aorta, the major vessel that brings blood into the body.

    Flynn back with Pack


    Injured Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he never gives up hope on playing, though he is not sure exactly when he will be back on the field after suffering a fractured left collarbone Nov. 4 in a 27-20 loss to the Bears.

    General manager Ted Thompson added depth in announcing the signing of Rodgers’s former backup, Matt Flynn, who has been released this year by the Raiders and Bills. Flynn will back up one-time practice squad player Scott Tolzien, who replaced Seneca Wallace in the 27-13 loss Sunday to the Eagles.

    Coach Mike McCarthy was so impressed that he’s already named Tolzien the starter for Sunday’s game against the Giants. Wallace (groin) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday to make room for Flynn, the Packers’ seventh-round draft pick in 2008 who spent four years in Green Bay.

    Smith makes plea

    Niners linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home last year. The charges stem from a June 2012 party at Smith’s home. Investigators say several shots were fired, two partygoers were injured, and Smith was stabbed . . . Niners tight end Vernon Davis and rookie safety Eric Reid both expressed optimism on being able to pass a series of tests this week after suffering concussions in Sunday’s 10-9 loss to the Panthers.

    Ross meeting on hold

    Jonathan Martin’s meeting with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was postponed until after the tackle talks with a special investigator about the team’s harassment scandal. Ross had planned to meet Wednesday with Martin in California. The second-year pro suddenly left the team two weeks ago. His lawyer has alleged Martin was harassed daily by teammates, including guard Richie Incognito, who has been suspended . . . The Titans placed quarterback Jake Locker on IR because of an injured right foot . . . The Falcons have lost their fourth starter for the season, placing tackle Sam Baker on injured reserve with a knee injury . . . Jaguars linebacker LaRoy Reynolds was suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs . . . The Chargers placed outside linebacker Larry English on IR with a season-ending pectoral injury. To take his spot, the Chargers signed outside linebacker Adrian Robinson, who played six games for Denver before being waived Oct. 15.