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Wide receiver Jerome Simpson, suspended three games, reportedly signs with Vikings (updated)

James Simpson’s touchdown flip over Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington on Christmas Eve was an NFL highlight. (Darron Cummings / AP)

Jerome Simpson, the wide receiver who had the most acrobatic touchdown catch of the season, will be suspended for three games for violating the the league's substance-abuse policy.

Earlier this month, Simpson, a free agent who played for the Cincinnati Bengals last season, was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years' probation after pleading guilty to a felony drug charge in Kentucky. He originally was arrested last fall on a felony charge of marijuana trafficking when two pounds of marijuana were shipped to his home. His sentence includes mandatory drug testing, payment of a $7,500 fine and court costs and 200 hours of community service.

Not long after the suspension was reported, Fox’s Jay Glazer reported that Simpson had signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

Because of circumstances surrounding the case — both the judge and the Commonwealth attorney said they did not believe Simpson was trafficking — the suspension was three games rather than the four stipulated by league policy, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy reported.

The suspension was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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