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Bengals starting wide receiver Jerome Simpson and backup offensive lineman Anthony Collins were detained Tuesday after 2.5 pounds of California marijuana was allegedly delivered to the house owned by Simpson.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported both Bengals players were present when a woman, identified as Aleen Smith, 27, accepted the package Tuesday at Simpson’s home. Investigators found six more pounds of pot inside the house in the Northern Kentucky suburb of Crestview Hills, according to a spokeswoman for the California Department of Justice.
No one was arrested, and both players participated in Wednesday's practice in preparation to play Sunday against San Francisco. Simpson and Collins could be subject to discipline by the NFL under the league's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the team was aware of the reports but declined further comment.
According to the report, authorities suspect the house was set up "as a potential distribution network."
Hensley's slant: Simpson was beginning to establish himself with quarterback Andy Dalton and the Bengals' passing attack. This isn't the news that the Bengals or their fan base want to hear about just days before the team's home opener.
BROWNS: Receiver-returner Josh Cribbs isn't against expanding his duties for the team. Cribbs has twice talked about playing running back over the past four days, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Hensley's slant: The more times that Cribbs has the ball in his hands, the more dangerous the Browns become. There should be no limits on Cribbs' role in the offense.
RAVENS: Right tackle Michael Oher, who led the team in false starts last season with eight, was flagged twice for false starts in Baltimore's first road game of the season. Head coach John Harbaugh called the habit "illogical," and Oher declined to explain to The Baltimore Sun the reasons for jumping before the snap is snapped. Hensley's slant: It's not going to get any easier Sunday when Oher has to play inside St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome. Harbaugh joked last year that he might make Oher run laps if the penalties continue. He should consider following through on that this year.
STEELERS: The 2-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace in the third quarter Sunday was originally called a running play in the huddle, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. But Ben Roethlisberger looked at Wallace, and they both understood to go with the fade route. Hensley's slant: Wallace used to be called "a one-trick pony" because all he could do was run the "go" route, which meant run straight down the field as fast as you can. The only trick now is still making defenses believe that's all Wallace can do. He is the hardest receiver to cover in the AFC North.