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Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:05 pm
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Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Jerome Simpson to play vs. 49ers

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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Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:05 am
Edited on: September 25, 2011 10:57 am
 

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

BensonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In a somewhat weird story, CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson wrote Saturday about the supposed deal the NFLPA struck with the NFL in which the union agreed to allow the league to suspend eight players for actions that occurred during the lockout.

Among the names that Yahoo Sports reported that the league could suspend: Aqib Talib and Kenny Britt (though Roger Goodell, thus far, has not punished either), Cedric Benson, Albert Haynesworth, Brandon Underwood, Clark Haggans, Johnny Jolly and Adam Jones.

Apparently, Benson -- who already served only a few days of his 20-day jail sentence after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of assault -- isn’t a fan of that deal.

According to Pro Football Talk, Benson has filed a charge of unfair labor practice against the NFLPA.

Apparently, Benson didn’t know about the agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA -- which was signed, sealed and delivered in early August.

Benson is arguing to the National Labor Relations Board that the NFLPA wasn’t a union during the lockout -- the NFL and a group of retired players all have made the same claim in various lawsuits because, in fact, the NFLPA decertified before the lockout began and took great pains to announce that it no longer was a union -- and Benson also says that he wasn’t an employee of any team during the lockout. Benson reasons that he shouldn't be suspended for actions that occurred when he wasn't an employee of the NFL or of the Bengals.

It just goes to show that even though the lockout has ended and the union has reformed, not everybody is feeling such a sense of solidarity.

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Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Lewis hasn't ruled Simpson out for 49ers game

Simpson could still play Sunday. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Earlier this week, police detained and questioned Bengals players Jerome Simpson and Anthony Collins after someone at Simpson's house signed for a package containing 2.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana from California. No arrests were made, but authorities found six more pounds of marijuana inside Simpson's home.

Collins has been cleared by coach Marvin Lewis -- and more importantly, a Kentucky prosecutor -- of any wrongdoing, and according to a statement released by Collins' lawyer, the only thing he's guilty of is poor timing.

Simpson, meanwhile, missed practice on Thursday and Friday as the team figures out what to do with a player recently found with more than eight pounds of pot in his home. Simpson is listed as questionable on the Bengals' injury report, although there's a chance he plays Sunday when Cincinnati hosts San Francisco.

“We’re still taking to people and figuring out what the best thing is for Jerome,” Lewis said, according to Cincinnati Enquirer 's Joe Reedy. “Any decisions I make on it are going to be based on what people recommend is the best thing for him.”

Lewis has spoken with Simpson in recent days and says that “he’s as anyone would be caught in a situation like that. We have to continue to support him and help him that way.”

Reedy reports that Simpson, who caught four passes for 136 yards during last week's loss the Broncos, has become one of the most followed Bengals on Twitter. But after this week's incident, he has shut down his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

While it's easy to dismiss this as the latest example of the Bengals being the Bengals, it's a tad more complicated than that.

“There hasn’t been a non profit, a school visit a visit to a hospital that Jerome Simpson hasn’t been involved in,” Lewis said. “He’s done as much as anyone on the team in being part of the community. I think that’s why everyone feels the way they do. The process really has to (carry itself out) and unfortunately it became more public than we expected it to be. But it is what it is right now.”

And "what it is" includes the possibility that Simpson might be on the field Sunday. If he doesn't, Andre Caldwell, normally the team's No. 4 receiver, could be in the starting lineup.


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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Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Anthony Collins: I was in wrong place, wrong time

Marvin Lewis says Antony Collins "wasn't involved in anything at all." (AP/ US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson


It appears that the only thing Anthony Collins is guilty of is bad timing. The Bengals offensive lineman happened to be at teammate Jerome Simpson's home earlier this week when authorities showed up and detained and questioned them both.

This all had to do with another person at the Simpson's house signing for a package that contained 2.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana from California. No arrests were made at the time, but according to CaliforniaWatch.org, police allegedly found six more pounds of marijuana inside Simpson's home.

On Friday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis cleared Collins of any wrongdoing.

"The only thing I know is that Anthony Collins wasn't involved in anything at all," Lewis said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "The other thing (the investigation of Simpson), I'm not allowed to comment about anything so we'll just move forward and get ready to play football."

Collins released a statement Friday through his attorney (via the Enquirer):
This past Tuesday morning I stopped by the house of my teammate, Jerome Simpson, on my way to the stadium. While I was at his home, several law enforcement officers unexpectedly entered the house. I had no idea what it was about and after identifying myself and speaking to the officers, they let me go on my way.

Unfortunately I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, I do want to take this opportunity to let my fans, friends and family know that I had no part in the reported activities at Jerome’s home. I have done nothing wrong and I have not been charged with doing anything wrong. So far as I know, I am no longer a part of any investigation.

In due time, I am confident that authorities will clear my name and announce I am not a person of interest and my name will be completely cleared from Tuesday’s incident. In the meantime, my focus will continue to be on playing football and helping my teammates, coaches and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals organization have a successful 2011 season.
Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson tweeted that Simpson was excused from practice Friday and thinks it's "highly doubtful" Simpson will play this weekend.

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:09 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson gets 3-game suspension

Has NFL suspended Benson for 3 games? (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Bengals running back Cedric Benson will face a three-game suspension for player-conduct violations that happened during the lockout, Yahoo.com's Mike Silver reported Thursday afternoon.

It's the first instance of the league punishing a player for something that took place during the four-month lockout. Interestingly, Aqib Talib, Kenny Britt and Brandon Marshall all had legal entanglements during that time but avoided NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's wrath.

Benson, who was sentenced to 20 days in jail earlier this month for assaulting an Austin, Texas bartender in 2010, will appeal the suspension next Tuesday.

Silver adds that "If the appeal does not result in a reduction or elimination of the suspension, Benson would miss Cincy's games vs. Buffalo, Jacksonville and Indianapolis," though he would be available for the Bengals' game this Sunday against the 49ers.

Through two weeks, Benson has 41 carries for 180 yards (4.4 average) and he's scored a touchdown. He's also been invaluable to rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, who will now have to rely on running backs Brian Leonard (2 rushes, 15 yards) and Bernard Scott (6 rushes, 13 yards) if Benson's suspension is upheld.

In other Bengals-related news, players Jerome Simpson and Anthony Collins were questioned by authorities earlier this week after another person at Simpson's home signed for a delivery package that contained a 2.5-pound bag of high-grade marijuana from California.

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Posted on: September 21, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Simpson, Collins questioned about pot delivery

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As cited in a report by Californiawatch.org, Bengals offensive lineman Anthony Collins and receiver Jerome Simpson were detained and questioned at Simpson’s home Tuesday after another person at the house signed for a delivery package that contained a 2.5 pound bag of high-grade marijuana from California.

No arrests were made, according to the report, but authorities called it a controlled delivery to a house that was set up as a distribution network. Inside the northern Kentucky home, police allegedly found six more pounds of marijuana, empty parcels, scales and packaging material.

More from the story:

In recent years, drug agents have stepped up efforts to intercept California-grown pot being shipped out of state by drug-trafficking organizations seeking higher profits.

Michelle Gregory, spokeswoman for the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, said the operation was initiated by a special marijuana task force after agents discovered a suspicious package at a commercial sorting facility in Sacramento.

The agents then alerted law enforcement in Kentucky, who intercepted the package and monitored its delivery. Barb Schempf, spokeswoman for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, confirmed that airport police participated in the controlled delivery but declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation.


Said Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan: “There’s nothing of substance in the development of rumors that we’re aware of. There’s nothing to hang a hat on at this point.”

Federal prosecutors as well as Kentucky state and local law enforcement are continuing to investigate. 

According to the report, Simpson wrote on his Twitter account that his supposed arrest was "100% rumor." That account apparently has been deleted since.

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Posted on: September 19, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Jordan Shipley to IR with ACL injury

Shipley's done for '11. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton has outpaced expectations through two weeks of the regular season, so much so that the Carson Palmer era officially appears to be over. But Dalton, who has thrown for 413 yards, completed 66.1 percent of his passes, and tossed three touchdowns and no interceptions, will be without second-year wide receiver Jordan Shipley for the rest of the year.

Shipley, out of the University of Texas, will be placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL against Denver Sunday, head coach Marvin Lewis announced. CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner adds that Andre Caldwell, who was splitting reps with Shipley in the slot, will now take the majority of snaps with help from Brandon Tate.

Tate was signed off waivers after the Patriots released him prior to Week 1.

Shipley had to be helped off the field after Broncos cornerback Cassius Vaughn tackled him low, but Lewis had no problem with the play.

"That was just a tackle," said Lewis. "The way the game is put together now if he were hit helmet-to-helmet or shoulder-to-helmet it would have been a play that came in violation of some of our rules now. So down low is legal."

As a rookie, Shipley caught 52 passes for 600 yards and three touchdowns.

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