Updated: 1 p.m.
It's believed that Simpson was at PBS Saturday after missing practices Thursday and Friday following reports that he's under a drug investigation. Published reports said 2.5 pounds of marijuana were delivered to his Northern Kentucky home, where an ensuing search revealed six pounds of marijuana.
Lewis's policy is usually 'If you don't practice, you don't play." But after practice Friday he said that he would make the decision based on "what's best for Jerome," and made a point to talk about Simpson's many visits into the community for charity.
The Bengals released the following statement on Simpson:
"Jerome Simpson returned to team activites Friday afternoon and after evaluating his readiness, the coaching staff has determined he will be active for today's game. Jerome's legal situation with regards to events of the past week remains completely unresolved and the Bengals believe it is not appropriate to act on any presumption of what may transpire."
Cochart is the major surprise after the rookie started the first two games.
Caldwell is making his 13th start. When he started the last three games in 2010, he came up with 15 catches for 270 yards.
Geathers (shoulder) missed his second straight game and Jon Fanene got his second straight start.
Reports surfaced before kickoff that the Bengals are bringing in running back Larry Johnson for a workout Tuesday, the same day
Lewis made Benson one of his captains along with cornerback