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Draft Scout Jerome Simpson News
09/06/15 - WR Jerome Simpson was placed on reserve/suspended by the 49ers Saturday (Sept. 5) for the first six games of the season.
08/24/15 - WR Jerome Simpson caught a pass for nine yards in the 49ers' preseason win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Simpson is allowed to play in preseason games, but must serve a six-game suspension at the start of the regular season.
08/18/15 - WR Jerome Simpson has been suspended for the first six games of the upcoming season. The NFL announcement said, "Jerome Simpson of the San Francisco 49ers has been suspended without pay for the first six games of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Simpson will be eligible to return to the 49ers' active roster on Monday, October 19 following the team's October 18 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Simpson is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games."
The league's move did not catch the 49ers by surprise.
"The probability of a suspension was known when we signed Jerome," the 49ers said in a statement. "Since joining the 49ers, Jerome has proven to be a great teammate. Although he will not be able to participate in the first six weeks of the season, Jerome has done everything asked of him, both on and off the field."
Simpson recorded two receptions for 31 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to Houston. Simpson has been arrested three times since January 2012.
In July 2014, he was cited on misdemeanor charges of having marijuana and an open bottle of alcohol in his car while driving with a restricted driver's license. He was suspended for the first three games of the 2014 season.
His team at the time, the Vikings, cut him at that point and he did not play at all last season.
03/05/15 - WR Jerome Simpson was signed by the 49ers to a two-year contract Thursday (March 5).
Simpson began his career with the Cincinnati Bengals and has 145 receptions for 2,004 yards and eight touchdowns in 57 games.
After joining the Minnesota Vikings for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Simpson had a career-best 726 receiving yards on 48 catches and one touchdown in his second season with the team. He did not play in the NFL last year. He was released by the Vikings a few days before he was reinstated from a three-game league suspension.
09/18/14 - WR Jerome Simpson was scheduled to be eligible to be reinstated from the suspended list following Week 3. But now, even if he is, he won't have a team after the Vikings announced late Thursday afternoon that he has been released. This decision followed the revelation that Simpson was cited by police in July for having marijuana and an open bottle of alcohol in his car while driving on a restricted driver's license.
An incident report released Thursday said Simpson was ticketed, but not arrested despite violating terms of a 2013 arrest.
Simpson is serving a three-game suspension for the November drunken-driving arrest.
Bloomington, Minn., police said the officers who stopped Simpson were following the law when they cited Simpson for misdemeanor charges of driving on a restricted license, marijuana possession and having an open bottle of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
"If he had a felony amount (of marijuana) or was engaged in dangerous criminal activity, the officers could have arrested and booked him," Richard Hart, deputy chief of police told the Pioneer Press Thursday. "He had valid ID. There wasn't any reason to arrest, and the officers were right to cite him."
Simpson entered into a plea deal on the drunken driving charges and pleaded guilty to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test. In return, he received two years' probation with the conditions he would not have any alcohol- or drug-related traffic offenses and no drivers license violations.
This is not his first brush with the law or first suspension from the NFL.
He served a three-game suspension in 2012 with Minnesota after being convicted of a felony for mailing two pounds of pot to his Kentucky home while he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.
The latest incident could also be a violation of his probation stemming from that 2013 situation. Probation supervisor Brian Kopperud told the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press that he found out about the July arrest