|Jerome Simpson will play for the Bengals Sunday (AP/ US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
It's been a busy week for Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson, and for all the wrong reasons. First, he was detained and question by police because somebody at his house accepted a package containing 2.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana. Then, after searching Simpson's home, authorities found six more pounds of marijuana.
On Friday, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis hadn't ruled Simpson out for the Week 3 matchup against the 49ers. On Sunday, Simpson is active and will play, but he will not start, NFL analyst Charley Casserly said during the CBS Pregame Show.
Simpson was excused from practice on Thursday and Friday while the organization decided how to proceed. “We’re still taking to people and figuring out what the best thing is for Jerome,” Lewis said at the time. “Any decisions I make on it are going to be based on what people recommend is the best thing for him.”
Apparently, people recommended that Simpson be allowed to suit up. This is good news for rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, who will now have two of his best receivers on the field (rookie AJ Green being the other one). If Simpson didn't play, No. 4 wide receiver Andre Caldwell would have likely earned the start.
Simpson has yet to be charged with a crime. "The league has told me that they will wait for the law enforcement authorities to complete their investigation before they do theirs, but the league will investigate at some point," Casserly said.
Offensive lineman Anthony Collins, who was at Simpson's house when the police arrived, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by Kentucky prosecutors and Lewis. If he's guilty of anything it's being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
After a tough loss last week in overtime, the 49ers look to bounce back as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan preview this game.
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