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Simpson misses Friday practice; Collins releases statement

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Anthony Collins Anthony Collins

The Bengals excused Jerome Simpson from practice Friday for a second straight day.

The third year wide receiver was not in the Bengals locker room before practice either.  His status for Sunday is still undetermined.

Police in California and Northern Kentucky are investigating a shipment of marijuana that ended up at the Crestview Hills home owned by Simpson.

Offensive lineman Collins was in the home at the time of the delivery and was also questioned.  Collins, who practiced with the team Thursday and Friday, released the following statement through his lawyer, Robert Lotz.

STATEMENT OF ANTHONY COLLINS

       "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." 

 Andre Caldwell, who scored a touchdown in Denver filling in for injured WR Jordan Shipley, took snaps with the first team offense during the thirty minutes of practice open to the media.  Caldwell says he expects a bigger role on Sunday in the Bengals home opener against San Francisco and said starting is a possibility.

Running back Cedric Benson, appealing a three-game league suspension for off field trouble, refused comment when asked.  Benson did practice with the team this afternoon.

Defensive End Robert Geathers was not dressed for practice during open media time.


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