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Bengals Offensive Tackle Releases A Statement, Confident He'll Be Cleared

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Anthony Collins released a statement on Friday, through his attorney, in response to this week's reports that 2.5 pounds of marijuana was delivered to the residence of wide receiver Jerome Simpson. The statement reads:

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.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has stood by his offensive tackle, saying the same thing on Thursday that Collins was basically at the wrong place at the wrong time. Unlike Simpson who has been excused from practice the past two days, Collins has been with his teammates, working out this week.

All indications are that Collins will suit up and play against the San Francisco 49ers as a backup offensive tackle while Simpson isn't expected to play, unless something dramatically happens soon that clears his name.