San Francisco 49ers Jerome Simpson has been suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse program. The 49ers signed the wide receiver this offseason despite knowing a suspension could be around the corner.
The wide receiver has been suspended without pay and won’t return to the active roster until October 19, but he is still eligible to play in all preseason games and practices. He was initially facing a 10-game ban, but this has now been reduced to six.
The 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said this on the situation surrounding Simpson on the 49ers official team website.
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“The probability of a suspension was known when we signed Jerome. 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.
“We are in full support of the NFL’s decision, and look forward to Jerome’s future contributions to our organization.”
The team appears to be behind Simpson in having him on the team, so at the moment it looks like he will be part of the 53-man roster at the start of the season. However, he will have to wait six games for his first regular season start as the 49ers will not be appealing the decision made by the NFL.
Simpson was signed by the 49ers after he took a year out when he was released by the Minnesota Vikings last season.