But it could be a long time before Simpson makes it back on a highlight reel.
On Thursday the promising 25-year-old wide receiver was indicted on one count of trafficking marijuana, according to a report from the Northern Kentucky News. The amount — said to be between eight ounces and five pounds — would classify as a Class D felony, which could land Simpson in prison for one to five years.
Four months ago, federal authorities seized a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana from California that was shipped to Simpson’s home in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Investigators also found about six more pounds of marijuana, scales and smoking devices.
According to the report, the head of the National Marijuana Initiative told California Watch after the seizure that Simpson’s house was a potential distribution network. Simpson was detained and allowed investigators to search his home, where Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins was also present. Collins was not indicted along with Simpson on Thursday.
Simpson is the second Bengal to be involved in court proceedings in a two-day span. On Wednesday, Bengals defensive back Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones pleaded guilty to one count of resisting arrest after an argument at a nightclub on July 10 in Cincinnati. Jones, who has a long history of legal trouble, was sentenced to one year of probation, a $250 fine and community service.