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Jerome Simpson, Cedric Benson Expected to Start Sunday

September 29th, 2011 at 8:10 PM
By Chuck Chapman

The long term status of Cincinnati Bengals' starters Jerome Simpson and Cedric Benson continues to be unclear, but as of Thursday, it appears that both will be in the starting lineup when the team takes on the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium.

It's been over a week now since authorities raided the home of Jerome Simpson and found over six pounds of marijuana on the premises. Still, no arrests have been made, no charges filed, and the both the Bengals and Simpson continue to remain tight-lipped about the situation, only saying that there is a legal process that has to play out. Simpson did not start last week against San Francisco, but did see significant playing time. He's been practicing with the team as normal this week.

It was originally reported that Cedric Benson would begin serving a three game suspension this week. Benson appealed on Tuesday, however, and no new word has come down from the league office. Benson, along with Bengals' player representative Andrew Whitworth were vocal in their disapproval of the NFLPA's behind-the-scenes "bargaining" in allowing Benson and eight other players to be suspended for actions that took place during the lockout.

In other roster news, DE Robert Geathers resumed practicing this week and could see time on Sunday, giving the Bengals defensive line even more depth. Safety Chris Crocker missed practice yesterday for the birth of his child, but was back on the field today. Rookie linebacker Dontay Moch, who was injured in preseason, has practiced this week, but it's unlikely he'll see any game action this week.

Tags: Cedric Benson, Chris Crocker, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Dontay Moch, Football, Jerome Simpson, NFL, Robert Geathers

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