CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Jerome Simpson #89 of the Cincinnati Bengals watches his teammates during the game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 25, 2011 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 49ers defeated the Bengals 13-8. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson surprisingly suited up against the San Francisco 49ers and was targeted four times, posting one reception for six yards receiving. This comes one week after a dominating four reception performance against the Denver Broncos in which he recorded 136 yards receiving, including an 84-yarder that gave the Bengals a huge momentum boost during an attempted comeback. Though with a pending investigation that was made public after 2.5 pounds of marijuana was shipped to his northern Kentucky residence, it didn't prevent the Bengals from playing him. Asked after Cincinnati's 13-8 loss what the thought process was, Marvin Lewis said:
"I’ve been advised not to speak about it, so I think it is best we just leave it at that, and whatever course of action is taken when the time comes will be dealt with accordingly."
Simpson missed two practices last week, which likely reduced his overall impact (though we honestly don't buy that). Andre Caldwell started for Simpson on Sunday, becoming the team's leading receiving with six receptions for 53 yards receiving. While Caldwell was the target of 12 passes, rookie A.J. Green was targeted five times, begging the question, "what the hell?" Green did catch four passes for 29 yards receiving, which is unquestionably his worst production of the season.