By Eric Schmidt

The NFL league office has determined that Minnesota Vikings WR Jerome Simpson violated the league’s policy for substance abuse and handed down a suspension for the wideout. Simpson was informed on Monday that he will be suspended for the first three games of the 2012 regular season. He will be allowed to participate in offseason workouts, training camp and the preseason however.

Simpson was found to have violated the NFL’s policy last fall after authorities intercepted a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana which was being shipped to his house in Kentucky. Law enforcement officials also found another pound of the drug inside Simpson’s house after a search was conducted. Simpson spent 15 days in jail, was forced to pay a $7,500 dollar fine, and is forced to serve 200 hours of community service. Simpson is serving three years of probation.

Simpson is currently a member of the Minnesota Vikings, joining the team via free agency in the offseason. IN 2011, Simpson appeared in all 16 games for the Cincinnati Bengals, a feat he accomplished for just the first time in his career, recording 50 receptions for 725 yards and four scores.

Simpson is currently drawing rave reviews from the Vikings coaching staff in offseason workouts with Minnesota.Simpson is best known for his acrobatic catch last season against the Arizona Cardinals. The receiver launched himself from the three yard line in a backwards flip over a Cardinals defender, landing on his feet in the endzone for a touchdown.

The Vikings first three game are against Jacksonville, at Indianapolis, and against San Francisco.

 

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