Bengals receiver indicted

COVINGTON, Ky. — Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson was indicted Thursday on one count of marijuana trafficking in excess of 8 ounces, a felony that carries up to five years in prison. He's scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 30.

The Bengals said they were aware of the indictment but had no comment.

Simpson, 25, has been under investigation since September, when federal agents tracked a package they said contained 2½ pounds of marijuana to his home. A search of the home turned up 6 pounds of marijuana, smoking pipes and scales, authorities said.

Simpson, whose most visible moment came when he did a somersault over a linebacker and into the end zone for a TD on Dec. 24, hasn't commented about the investigation.

Jags hire ex-Buc Olson: New Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey hired former Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson as quarterbacks coach. Olson spent four seasons in Tampa, one as quarterbacks coach and three as offensive coordinator, before being fired with coach Raheem Morris and the rest of the staff Jan. 2.

Colts: Defensive coordinator Mike Murphy retired, and quarterbacks coach Ron Turner, receivers coach Frank Reich, offensive line coach Pete Metzelaars and defensive line coach John Teerlinck were fired. Coach Jim Caldwell was fired this week.

Jets: Owner Woody Johnson backed quarterback Mark Sanchez while commenting for the first time since the team lost its final three games to miss the playoffs. But he said "there's no such thing as 100 percent" when asked if Sanchez would start in 2012: "Barring whatever, yes." "Whatever" could be the Colts' Peyton Manning, who missed the season after neck surgeries. Johnson didn't rule out acquiring any veteran when asked about Manning.

Saints: Steve Spagnuolo, fired as Rams coach, was hired as defensive coordinator. Before his three seasons in St. Louis, Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator for the Giants. He replaces Gregg Williams, who became the Rams coordinator.

Vikings: Alan Williams, the Colts' defensive backs coach the past 10 seasons, was hired as defensive coordinator. He replaces Fred Pagac, who was demoted to linebackers coach.

Concussion lawsuit: Seven retired players filed the ninth suit against the league, alleging it conspired to hide evidence linking concussions to dementia and brain disease. Plaintiffs include Ron Solt, an Eagles guard from 1984-92 who suffers from memory loss. A hearing is set for next week in which the league seeks to consolidate the cases.

Pro Bowl: Bears running back Matt Forte was cleared to play. He sprained the MCL in his right knee Dec. 4. … Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson replaced the Packers' John Kuhn (torn knee ligament). … Texans center Chris Myers and defensive end Antonio Smith replaced the Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) and Patriots' Andre Carter (knee), respectively. … Broncos safety Brian Dawkins was added to the AFC roster, although it's uncertain if he will play because of a neck injury. He replaced the Steelers' Troy Polamalu (neck). … The Raiders' Jon Condo was named AFC long snapper.

T.O. returns: Receiver Terrell Owens will play for and have an ownership stake in the Allen (Texas) Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. Their season opens Feb. 25.

Schlichter arrested: Former Colts and Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter, 51, was arrested when his probation officer reported he tested positive for cocaine twice and refused to report for other tests. He was under house arrest while awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to swindling 50 people out of $2.5 million. He has served multiple prison terms for various offenses related to gambling.

Bengals receiver indicted 01/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 11:39pm]

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