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Good morning everyone! Time to rise and shine. Grab yourself the breakfast of champions. I'm referring to coffee and a donut, not Wheaties. 

So by now I'm sure a lot of people have heard the news regarding Jerome Simpson and Anthony Collins, (if not see below). Assuming that all of this is indeed true, then Simpson can probably kiss his Bengals career good-bye. I cannot envision him suiting up for the Bengals again. Not only has he damaged his image, he's made the Bengals look foolish (even though Mike Brown does an awesome job of doing that all on his own), and has damaged the team.

Simpson was a second-round pick out of Coastal Carolina. He was picked ahead of DeSean Jackson and other players who have had more success then him! There were high expectations for him to evolve into a long-ball threat and to be a viable target for his quarterback, but he fell well short of expectations. He was praised for his speed and his hands. But he never did capitalize on his abilities and amounted to nothing more than a third wide receiver at best.

However, this season Simpson was catapulted into being the number two wide receiver opposite of A.J. Green. The results haven't been jaw-dropping. I think Simpson was never capable of being a number two receiver. He never really performed well when giving playing time until the final three games of the 2010 season. Those results didn't carry over into this season. And now Simpson may never be able to prove his value.

Not only does Simpson hurt his image, he also hurts the Bengals on the depth charts. With Jordan Shipley out for the season, Andre Caldwell is the most likely candidate to slide into the number two slot. But then who becomes the third receiver? Do the Bengals go with Ryan Whalen, a rookie that they regard highly? Or do they move Brandon Tate to the third slot and have Andrew Hawkins become the return specialist? Those are some questions that hopefully will be answered in the near future.

Alright here is a look at what you may have missed or overlooked from Wednesday.