KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will miss the Kansas City Chiefs' regular-season opener because of a one-game suspension from the NFL.
The discipline was generated by a traffic stop in the town of Riverside, Mo., in November when Bowe was changed with speeding and possession of marijuana. Bowe plea bargained down the charges and walked away with only a fine.
But he and the Chiefs expected some sort of reaction from the league office. This is Bowe's second NFL suspension; in 2009, he sat out four games after he tested positive for a diuretic that violated the league's performance-enhancing drug rules.
Quarterback Alex Smith will play the first half of Sunday night's preseason game. Smith had a limited number of snaps in the Chiefs' first game, but head coach Andy Reid said this week he'll get all the work in the first two quarters.
Safety Eric Berry will miss Sunday night's preseason game against Carolina because of continuing problems with tendinitis in his right heel. Berry did not play in the Chiefs' preseason opener, but he did return to practice after the game. However, the heel became sore and so his participation was shut down.
Also missing Sunday's game will be defensive end Mike DeVito because of the broken hand he suffered in practice 10 days ago. Reid said DeVito will return to practice next week on a limited basis.
Defensive end Mike Catapano continues to be a non-participant in Chiefs practices because of a virus that has sidelined him for more than two weeks now. More detailed explanation of the problem has not been made available. Catapano returned to practice early in the week, but after two workouts he was back on the sick list.
Kicker Ryan Succop returned to practice on Wednesday after missing three days because of a strained groin suffered in the preseason opener against Cincinnati. Succop kicked Wednesday and Thursday in practice and Reid said he would kick against Carolina on Sunday.