As a team from Northern California arrives to play the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday, a package from Northern California that arrived five days ago at the residence of Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson ultimately won’t keep him from playing.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Simpson will play against the 49ers, despite a looming investigation based on the delivery of a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana to his house — and the discovery of another six pounds of marijuana inside.
Simpson did not practice on Thursday or Friday, after reports of the Tuesday incident came to light.
Since he has not yet been arrested or charged, there’s no policy that prevents Simpson from playing. Indeed, because the NFL has exclusive jurisdiction over matters of this nature, the Bengals technically have no ability to impose any discipline on Simpson, if they were even inclined to do so.
Given that it’s the Bengals, it’s safe to say they’re not even inclined to do so.