NFL confirms Jerome Simpson's 3-game ban, docks him another game check
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The NFL confirmed on Monday what has been known for months: Minnesota Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson will be suspended for the season's first three games.
The league announced Simpson also will be docked an additional game check for violating the NFL's substance-abuse program.
That means Simpson will lose 4/17ths of his $800,000 base salary, which is worth $188,235.
The one-year, $2 million contract Simpson signed in April also includes $950,000 in per-game roster bonuses. He'll lose at least three of those at a cost of $178,125, pushing the total cost of the three-game ban to $366,360.
The suspension doesn't begin until the week of the regular-season opener, meaning Simpson can continue to participate in practices and is eligible for the preseason. He can return to the active roster on Sept. 24 and play six days later in the Vikings' Week 4 game at Detroit.
The Vikings were aware of Simpson's looming suspension before they signed him. He nonetheless has been one of the most impressive players in the team's organized team activity practices.
Simpson, 26, was arrested in September after about 2 pounds of marijuana were shipped to his northern Kentucky home. Authorities reportedly found 6 more pounds of marijuana inside the home, as well as scales and smoking devices.
Simpson pled guilty to one count of prohibited acts relating to controlled substances on March 1 and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years' probation.