CINCINNATI -- The Bengals made their decision Sunday on embattled receiver Jerome Simpson -- and Bengals fans made theirs.
The team elected to play Simpson against the 49ers, days after police tracked a shipment of 2.5 pounds of marijuana from California to his home in Northern Kentucky and then found six more pounds of pot after searching the house. No charges have been filed as of Sunday, though surely they will be filed at some point on somebody. Simpson could elude charges, theoretically, since the marijuana was signed for by a woman said to be his girlfriend. Expect Simpson's attorney to play that card.
Bengals fans probably wouldn't be impressed.
They booed Simpson every time they noticed his presence on the field Sunday, even after he made his only catch of the game, a 6-yarder in the second quarter.
Whether it was from distraction or from lack of preparation -- Simpson was excused from two days of practice this past week -- his production was an enormous comedown from recent games. He had topped 100 receiving yards in three of his last four outings, dating to late last season.
On a related note, the Bengals failed to score a touchdown in the 13-8 loss to the 49ers.