MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL confirmed Monday Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson would serve a three-game ban to start the 2012 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, NFL.com reported.
The former Bengals wideout was sentenced in April to 15 days in a Kentucky jail after entering into a plea deal on a felony charge of committing prohibited acts relating to controlled substances.
The 26-year-old was arrested in September after signing a fake name on a package containing about two pounds of marijuana at his northern Kentucky townhouse, near Cincinnati.
The Vikings agreed to a one-year deal with Simpson in April despite the likelihood the league would suspend him for his drug arrest and conviction.
Simpson, a second-round pick out of Coastal Carolina in 2008, had his best season in 2011, with 50 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns. He also made the most spectacular play of the season, somersaulting over an Arizona Cardinals defender into the end zone in a Week 16 victory.