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Off-field issues a concern for Bengals WR Simpson

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By Mike Wilkening

Bengals WR Jerome Simpson finds himself in the middle of controversy after authorities reportedly tracked a shipment of 2½ pounds of marijuana to his Kentucky home and a search of the premises allegedly turned up six more pounds of pot. Simpson was excused from practice on Thursday and again on Friday, and his status for Sunday's game vs. San Francisco is in question. No charges have been filed in connection with the incident. In the first two games of the season, Simpson showed considerable potential, even if his overall play was somewhat uneven. Simpson was targeted 18 times in that span, catching eight passes. Three receptions went for 20 yards or more, including an 84-yard sprint at Denver when he broke open across the middle and accelerated away from the Broncos' secondary. Simpson's size, speed and athleticism can pose issues for a secondary, especially with rookie A.J. Green already proving to be a matchup problem on the other side. If Simpson misses any time, the Bengals' passing game would be down a definite playmaker, one with perhaps room left to improve.

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