- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2012

COVINGTON, Ky. — Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson was indicted on Thursday for marijuana trafficking, leaving him subject to a jail sentence and punishment from the NFL.

A Kenton County grand jury indicted the four-year veteran on one count of marijuana trafficking in excess of 8 ounces, a felony count that carries up to five years in jail. He’s scheduled for arraignment Jan. 30.

Simpson is the third Bengals player to get in trouble with the law since last July. Running back Cedric Benson served five days in a Texas jail for assault and was suspended for one game by the NFL. Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct at a Cincinnati bar last summer and was sentenced to community service.

All three players can become free agents after completing the final years on their contracts.

49ers’ Walker aiming to play in NFC title game

SEATTLE — San Francisco tight end Delanie Walker says he wants to play in the NFC championship game for the first time since breaking his jaw.

Walker has taken part in practice this week for the first time since being hurt Dec. 24 at Seattle. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Thursday that Walker’s status is up to team doctors. Walker broke his jaw in two places when he took a knee to the face from Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill.

Bears’ Forte given go-ahead for Pro Bowl

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears said running back Matt Forte is cleared to play in the Pro Bowl after passing a physical. Forte sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee early in a loss to Kansas City on Dec. 4 and sat out the rest of the season.

He still was selected to his first Pro Bowl, finishing with 1,487 yards from scrimmage and 997 rushing in his fourth season. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry and figures to be in for a big raise, with his rookie contract expiring.

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