''Bengals players Jerome Simpson and Anthony Collins were detained by authorities after a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana was delivered to Simpson's Northern Kentucky home Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Michelle Gregory, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Justice, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Simpson and Collins were present when a woman, identified as Aleen Smith, 27, accepted the package on Tuesday.
According to the report, Gregory said Simpson gave officers consent to search the property, and they found six more pounds of marijuana and related items.
Neither player was arrested. The Bengals have acknowledged the reports but have made no further comment.
Simpson is in his first year as a starting wide receiver and had a career-best 136 yards receiving in the Bengals' 27-25 loss in Denver last weekend. Collins, also a fourth-year player, is a backup offensive tackle with 16 games of starting experience.
The website CaliforniaWatch.org reported that narcotics agents tracked the shipment of "high-grade" marijuana from Northern California through its arrival at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Police then made a "controlled delivery" to the house, according to the website, where they then detained and interviewed Simpson and Collins.
Both players are subject to potential testing and penalties through the NFL's substance abuse program and personal conduct policies. The substance abuse program has stringent guidelines but is also highly confidential.''