Friday August 29th, 2014

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson's appeal of his three-game suspension has been denied, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Simpson was suspended for a repeat violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He pled guilty to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test in January following a suspected drunken driving incident last November, though he had a DUI charge dropped.

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In 2012, Simpson was also suspended three games after police found a marijuana shipment at his home, for which the receiver was convicted of a felony while he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Simpson missed practice last Monday to attend a hearing on his case in New York.

The seventh-year pro joined Minnesota in 2012. Simpson had a career-high 726 receiving yards last season and enters 2014 as the Vikings' third receiver behind Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson.

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Simpson will miss the Vikings' games against the St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints.

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