The Minnesota Vikings have released wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who is currently serving a three-game suspension for a repeat violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

By SI Wire
September 18, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings have released wide receiver Jerome Simpson, the team announced Thursday

Simpson is currently serving a three-game suspension for a repeat violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Earlier Thursday, it was reported that Simpson was cited on July 7 for marijuana possession, open bottle and violating a limited driver's license. He has a court date of Nov. 3. 

Simpson's suspension came after he plead guilty to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test in January. He was stopped in November on suspicion of drunk driving but had a DUI charge dropped.

Simpson was also suspended three games in 2012 after police found a marijuana shipment at his home while he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. He was convicted of a felony for the incident.

A member of the Vikings since 2012, Simpson had a career-high 726 receiving yards last season and entered 2014 as the Vikings' third receiver behind Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. He re-signed with Minnesota on a one-year deal before this season.

- Molly Geary and Ben Estes

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