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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Simpson active but not expected to start

By Jamison Hensley

Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson is active today despite a drug bust at his home last week, but he isn't expected to start, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Andre Caldwell, the team's No. 4 wide receiver last Sunday, will start against the 49ers.

Simpson has been very active in community charities since joining the Bengals, which likely factored in the team's decision to allow him to play.

The Bengals released this statement before Sunday's game: "Jerome Simpson resumed team activities Friday afternoon, and after evaluating his readiness, the coaching staff has determined he will be active for today's game. Jerome's legal situation with regard to events of the past week remains completely unresolved, and the Bengals believe it is not appropriate to act on any presumption of what may transpire."