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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was suspended for three games on Friday by the NFL. The suspension is for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Last November Simpson was arrested on a suspicion of drunk driving. He pleaded guilty to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test while avoiding a DUI charge in January. Simpson denied that he was drinking, and his attorney David Valentini said that he would have passed the blood alcohol test that day.
Simpson appealed the suspension and had an appeal hearing last week, but the appeal was denied, according to the Associated Press.
This isn’t the first time that Simpson has been suspended. Authorities found marijuana in his home in Kentucky while he played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. He was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season after being arrested on a felony drug conviction.
Simpson resigned with the Vikings during the offseason. He signed a one-year contract that is worth $1 million. It's Simpson’s third consecutive one-year contract with the Vikings. He had 48 receptions for 726 yards and one touchdown last year, according to Sports Illustrated. In 2012 he had 26 receptions for 274 yards.
Simpson was going to be the Vikings number three receiver behind Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings. Jarius Wright will most likely be the number three receiver while Simpson is out. Adam Thielen, Rodney Smith, and Kain Colter are also in the mix to fill in for Simpson. Simpson will be able to return on Sept. 22.