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Jerome Simpson Excused For Friday's Practice; Andre Caldwell Expected To Start

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Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been excused for a second day of practice, according to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. While the future is extremely cloudy for Simpson, it might be safe to say that the Bengals second-round pick from the 2008 NFL draft could be excused for missing many more practices as this investigation plays out.

We'd be surprised if the Bengals allowed Simpson to play another down until he's cleared of charges; which according to our legal source, seems like a very thin chance at best especially if the federal government is the one bringing the indictment.

In the meantime backup offensive tackle Anthony Collins appears to have been cleared, if we're bold enough to believe head coach Marvin Lewis' assertion that he wasn't "involved in anything at all." Sorry Marvin, we'll just wait until the warrants are handed out and see where Collins lands, thankyouverymuch.

With Simpson likely missing this weekend's game against the San Francisco 49ers, Andre Caldwell should be Cincinnati's starting receiver to replace him.

It would be Caldwell's first since the regular season finale in 2010 where he started the final three games of the season and posted 15 receptions for 270 yards receiving -- two games in which he posted a yard/receiving average of over 21 yards.