With all the excitement of Mini-camps opening, and the beginning of the hammer to fall with the Detroit Lions drug suspensions, you may have missed the news that newly acquired Jerome Simpson of the Minnesota Vikings was also suspended this past week. He was convicted of having 2.5Lbs of marijuana being delivered to his house with a pound inside his house. As the famous quote NFL films has of Lawrence Taylor “That’s my kind of party”. Roger Goodell doesn’t like any parties where drugs are being shipped or stored so even though Simpson only received a 15 day jail sentence from our court systems, he received a 3 game suspension and an additional game check fine from Judge Goodell. Simpson loses nearly $200,000 before he gets to see NFL regular season action.
Simpson played for the Cincinnati Bengals last season, and had the play of the year when he did a 360 in the air for a TD. Last season Simpson had 50 receptions for 725 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The Minnesota Vikings signed Simpson in the off season to play along side Percy Harvin, and help in the development of Christian Ponder. Although he will be able to practice in training camp and in all the preseason games, Simpson will not be eligible to make his Vikings debut until week 4 when they play at the Detroit Lions (irony?) September 30. Simpson should help improve the Vikings receiving ranks, and he will be well integrated into their offense by the time the Chicago Bears get their first look at the Vikings in Chicago November 25.
It was BEARly worth mentioning, but they are our rivals!