Bowe issues statement, will start against Broncos

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who was charged Sunday with allegedly speeding and possessing a controlled substance, released a statement through the team on Wednesday.

Nov 3, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Aaron Williams (23) tackles Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 3, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Aaron Williams (23) tackles Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The brief statement reads:

“I apologize to the Hunt family, Coach Reid, my teammates and Chiefs fans for the distraction I caused the team this week. Due to the nature of the pending matter, I am unable to make any further comment on the situation.”

Meanwhile, coach Andy Reid said Bowe’s situation is a “legal matter and that’s the way we’ll handle it.”

Reid said Bowe will play and start Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

The Chiefs head coach added the team will let the legal matter run its course, deferring numerous follow-up questions to the rules, regulations and law as to why he couldn’t properly respond.

“I’m not ignoring questions,” Reid said. “I’m staying within those guidelines there.”

Reid also wouldn’t comment how Bowe’s status affected his standing in the locker room as a team leader.

“Let’s get back on the Broncos,” Reid said.

The big thing to take away from Wednesday’s media session is Bowe will be available to play.

Moreover, Reid said Bowe would continue to play the same role on offense he’s played throughout the season.