Vikings release troubled WR Simpson
Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings have released wide receiver Jerome Simpson, after the franchise was apprised of yet another run-in with the law.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on Thursday that Simpson was cited in the early-morning hours of July 7 by Bloomington Police on charges of marijuana possession, open container and violating the conditions of his limited drivers license. He is scheduled to appear in Hennepin County Court on Nov. 3 to face these new charges.
The 28-year-old Coastal Carolina product is currently serving a three-game suspension for a second violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, and was set to return following the team's contest against New Orleans this coming Sunday.
It is Simpson's second suspension in the past three years. He was also banned for three games in 2012, his first year with the Vikings, following a guilty plea to a felony drug charge.
In September 2011, when Simpson played for Cincinnati, police confiscated a package containing 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana that was being shipped from California to Simpson's Kentucky home.
The latest suspension stems from a DWI arrest last November.
Simpson had 48 catches for a career-high 726 yards and one touchdown in 16 games, including eight starts, last season. He has 145 receptions for 2,004 yards and eight scores in six seasons with Cincinnati and Minnesota.